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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:49 AM

Another Money Pit: F-22 problems persist


Burned pieces are all that is left of the F-22 Raptor that crashed in November. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft.

No. 2: F-22 problems persist
By Randal Yakey / The News Herald
Published: Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 18:47 PM.

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — The F-22 Raptor has been a bone of contention all year.

The Air Force’s most expensive fighter jet ever has been the center of national controversy after problems with the oxygen system. With the “grounding” of an F-22 at Tyndall Air Force Base in May and a crash on the base in November, the scrutiny only increased.

Even the cost of the plane has been contested. The Air Force has claimed the cost of the plane was between $140 and $190 million, but the Congressional Budget Office has said the stealth fighter has cost the U.S. government more than $400 million per plane.


The problems at Tyndall started this past spring. On May 31, a Raptor landed on its belly after the landing gear was not properly deployed. Little information has been released about the incident other than it was believed to be “pilot error.”

unhappycamper comment: Guess who built the F-22. (Hint: At least half the team is now building the useless F-35. )

We The People spent almost $87 billion dollars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-22) for 187 of these bad boys. Crashed a few of them and then grounded them for almost a year.

Heckova job Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:04 AM

2. F35 a 1.45 trillion dollar boondoggle...

even Canada is backing away as costs rise per copy. If they can't fix the Raptor then why build something inferior.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:39 PM



The big problem is PAYING for the research and NOT getting a jet that works. I understand the future is going to be DRONES and enlisted members can fly drones. This sure will a problem for those officers who want to be fly boys.

We should only buy jets that do not require 100% paid government research. All companies that sell products should pay for their own research.

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