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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An F-22 Raptor jet fighter crashed Wednesday in the high desert of Southern California, Air Force officials said.
Originally posted by XTexan
Hopefully the pilot is ok...
I'd hate to lose a good pilot in a training mission. These planes are crazy, I hear they can do more than the human body can survive...
Originally posted by masawa
Does anyone know if they build a new one to replace this one or do we go with one fewer in the inventory?
The pilot flying the F-22 that crashed Wednesday morning near Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., was pronounced dead at a local hospital, officials said.
The pilot, whose name was not released, was a contractor working for Lockheed Martin, the company that manufactures the F-22. Officials didn’t say if the pilot had served in the Air Force.
The Raptor crashed at around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning about 25 miles northeast of Edwards while flying a test mission, said Gary Strasburg, an Air Force spokesman. The aircraft is based at Edwards where F-22s are tested by the 412th Training Wing.