Quickly snatched this
"Air Force officials admitted to the House Armed Services Committee that they continue to be confused about what physical condition is actually
causing the lethal effects. Service leaders have stopped using the term “hypoxia,” which means oxygen shortage, instead referring to
“hypoxia-like symptoms.” Low blood sugar, dehydration and hypocapnia — a shortage of carbon dioxide in the blood — could also cause pilots to
get dizzy and black out, testified Maj. Gen. William Lyon, who heads the service’s F-22 investigation."
"In other words, the current fixes — an improved pressure suit for the pilots, a new backup oxygen system plus the removal of a faulty air filter,
among other adjustments — are really only band-aids."
"The Thursday hearing shed new light on the F-22′s history of harming its pilots and the Air Force’s years-long efforts to figure out why. Lyons
told Maryland representative Roscoe Bartlett, the Republican chair of the Subcommittee on Tactical and Air Land Forces, that the first case of
Raptor-pilot breathlessness occurred in 2000, when the F-22 was still in testing. Raptor pilots suffered just six hypoxia-like incidents between 2003
and 2008, in part because there were so few of the jets flying, Lyon added."
"The number of pilot chokings spiked from 2008 to 2011 as more new F-22s rolled out of Lockheed’s Marietta, Georgia, factory, Lyon explained."
"Overall the Raptors strangled their pilots 27 times per 100,000 flight hours, nine times the rate of other U.S. warplanes. Weirdly, ground crews
suffered occasional symptoms, as well"
"The F-22s returned to flight in September last year, albeit with altitude restrictions that Lyon said represented an “acceptable level of risk.”
But two pilots disagreed. Maj. Jeremy Gordon and Capt. Josh Wilson refused to resume flying a jet they deemed too dangerous."
"In an interview with 60 Minutes in May, Gordon and Wilson claimed that the “vast, silent majority” of F-22 pilots lived in fear of the airplane.
Facing Air Force reprisal, Wilson sought whistleblower protection. "
"NASA investigator Clinton Cragg testified alongside Lyon. In other words, over time pilots and bureaucrats risk viewing preventable dangers as just a
routine part of the job — a phenomenon that partially explains why the Raptor’s oxygen woes have dragged on for 12 years."
Don't know how reliable wired is - but this article only confirms what I've been told by US servicemen and other gov employees
Just to add
I believe this is an astonishing aircraft at the cutting edge, what annoys the s**t outta me is the belief that no-one can possibly compete with the
US war machine
That's exactly what your gov wants you and the rest of the world to think
My little theory ........after Vietnam the US psyche had taken a huge knock by being successfully resisted by what was sold to you as a bunch of half
arsed tree swinging rice eating yellow skins
So a program of nationalisation and US pride was launched, which saw the rise of the USA....USA.....USA mentality, the very definition of sheeple
Problem, reaction, solution
The US withdraws,=a loss of morale and self viewed world standing= a program of American exceptionalism
Regardless of how unwarranted it was, it stuck
Look at the US IN THE '50's, 60's, 70's , then compare that to the 80's and the indoctrination of renewed national pride
Whoa .....sorry banged out on a massive tangent there
edit on 21-9-2012 by Neocrusader because: Added