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The U.S. Air Force's F/A-22 Raptor returned to the air Jan. 6, ending a "stand-down" imposed on the fleet after one of the stealthy jets crashed on takeoff in December and was destroyed.
The Air Force had suspended flying all 28 of its remaining F/A-22s after the Dec. 20 accident, in which the pilot ejected safely as his Lockheed Martin-built jet was leaving the runway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (DAILY, Dec. 22, Dec. 23).
Although the Air Force still is investigating the accident and has not announced the cause, officials said the service has concluded that the aircraft design is sound.
"With approximately 7,000 flight hours already logged in the Raptor and an overwhelmingly positive safety record when compared to previous aircraft development programs, the decision was made that flight operations can be safely resumed," the Air Force said in a statement.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
If I recall correctly the jet was snapped in two...so I guess they couldn't salvage the aircraft right?....