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|F-22A Raptor - The American Flying Casket|
“We have looked at everything on that system [to] the nth degree, and the bottom line is that there’s no smoking gun,” Lt. Gen. Herbert Carlisle, a high-ranking Pentagon official, explains to the Air Force Times. In the last nine months the Air Force has been made aware of at least nine separate incidents where pilots just like Captain Haney have complained of symptoms similar to those linked with hypoxia, a condition where the brain is deprived of oxygen. Earlier this week we reported that an undisclosed number of pilots have refused to board the craft until the Air Force works out all of the kinks, prompting a high-ranking military member, General Mike Hostage, to vow that he will personally fly the airplane to investigate the problem. After episode after episode, however, incidents are still amounting and now the late pilot’s family is speaking out against the military’s reluctance to remediate the issue as it continues to risk the lives of countless others.
In an interview with ABC News, the pilot’s sister, Jennifer Haney, says she feels like the Pentagon has pushed aside publically discussing the history of the doomed Raptor fleet in order to save both face and funding. “I'd like to think it's easier to blame Jeff. He's not here to defend himself,” his sister says. “To them, Jeff was a number, it feels like sometimes. But those jets are worth a lot of money.” Months after the fatal crash that killed Captain Haney, the Air Force temporarily suspended its Raptor operations to investigate a handful of related claims — and have done so several times since. Although the Pentagon says today that they can’t put their finger on the cause of the crash and the other reports of oxygen system malfunctions, Jennifer Haney says she is skeptical of the Air Force’s story.
“I think there was a lot more going on inside that cockpit,” she tells ABC. “A cover-up? I don't know. But there's something.” There have been more than two dozen reports of pilots suffering “hypoxia-like symptoms” on board the F22s. Responding to continuously escalating criticism, the Air Force recently went on the record to stand by their program. “The F-22 and the crews who fly and maintain it provide world class air superiority against today's and tomorrow's threats. While the F-22 program has encountered challenges, the Air Force remains committed not only to their resolution but also to unparalleled dedication to flight safety,” reads a statement from the branch.
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