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October 02, 2012

More on the F-22 Raptor's oxygen problems

It's nice to be first and to be right. The Associated Press has now weighed in with a solid, well reported piece on the oxygen system problems with the F-22 Raptor. 

You might remember that about a month ago the Star-Telegram reported an in-depth article on the F-22 Raptor and its pilots breathing problems in which we pointed out some serious issues the Air Force was downplaying.

Then a couple of weeks later we reported that in 2005 the Air Force chose to ignore its own staff recommendations and make a relatively inexpensive fix that might prevented some of the breathing problems, perhaps even prevented crashes.

Now the Air Force seems to be moving towards maybe implementing the previous recommendations.

Meanwhile, the F-22s are limited in their flight operations until the Air force gets the flight crews new pressure vests that may or may not fix the high altitude breathing problems.

- Bob Cox



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