The F-22 has been okayed to fly again, after being grounded, cleared, grounded, then cleared once more—all within a year. And yet, the Air Force hasn't fixed the plane's life threatening flaw. It doesn't seem like it cares.
Last month, the Pentagon gave the OK to the nation's fleet of extremely expensive F-22 jets, despite failing to fix the plane's oxygen deprivation problems. They decided to just see how things went. They didn't go well: it's broken again.
In the past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky.
The U.S. Air Force's fleet of radar-evading F-22 Raptor fighters has been grounded until "further notice." It's the latest blow to the reputation of the world's most expensive, and allegedly most fearsome, dogfighter.
The United States Air Force is now looking for a F-22 Raptor replacement. It must be in service by 2030 and, for the first time ever, they want to be able to deploy these combat fighters unmanned and remotely controlled.
Duane Innes was driving when he noticed a passed out pickup truck driver heading towards traffic. Innes, an engineer and Boeing's manager of the F-22 fighter-jet program, quickly did the math, sped up, and let the pickup crash into him.