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AHeneen
03-25-2009, 02:31 PM
F-22 Crashes Near Edwards Air Force Base

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510588,00.html)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. An F-22 Raptor jet fighter crashed Wednesday in the high desert of Southern California.

The jet crashed six miles north of the base on Harbor Dry Lakebed, said Air Force Maj. David Small at the Pentagon.

Rescue crews were en route to the site and the status of the pilot was unknown, he said.

Small said the jet, assigned to Edwards' 412th Test Wing, was on a test mission but he did not know its nature.

Call to the base public affairs phone numbers were answered by recording machines.

The F-22 is the Air Force's new top-of-the-line fighter. Each of the radar-evading stealthy jets costs $140 million.

The $65 billion F-22 program is embattled, with some opponents contending that a different warplane under development, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, is more versatile and less costly at $80 million per plane.

The U.S. is committed to 183 F-22, down from the original plan laid out in the 1980s to build 750.

Its prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp., says there are 95,000 jobs connected to the F-22.

The F-22 is able to fly at supersonic speeds without using afterburners. That allows it to reach and stay in a battlespace faster and longer without being easily detected.

The two-engine fighter is 62 feet long, has a wingspan of 44 1/2 feet and is flown by a single pilot.

Teetop
03-26-2009, 01:21 PM
It will happen with anything new. I just hope the pilot made it out ok.

http://blog.wired.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/04/04/f22_montage.jpg

PoliCon
03-26-2009, 04:55 PM
I hope to God that they don't cancel it - it's a brilliant piece of machinery. I loved the special they did on it on History or one of those networks. It was cool - they put one F22 up against 3 or 4 f16 and that one F22 had 4 kills before any of the F16 pilots even saw it!

ironhorsedriver
03-28-2009, 08:05 AM
It is already on the chopping block, along with the new combat vehicle planned for the Infantry, and new Aircraft Carrier. Several other systems are being looked at also according to the last report I heard. I would guess it has to be voted on in Congress first.

PoliCon
03-28-2009, 09:35 AM
It is already on the chopping block, along with the new combat vehicle planned for the Infantry, and new Aircraft Carrier. Several other systems are being looked at also according to the last report I heard. I would guess it has to be voted on in Congress first.

dumbass morons.:mad: