View Full Version : Mystery of F-22 illnesses grows

05-10-2012, 10:02 AM
Very weird... (http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/09/mystery-of-f-22-illnesses-grows/)

By Larry Shaughnessy

May 9th, 2012 05:48 PM ET

Even as the Air Force searches for the reason pilots are getting sick flying the F-22, a new mystery about the troubled stealth fighter jet has come to light: Why are mechanics on the ground getting sick in the plane as well?

The Air Force has been looking into a number of reports that pilots experienced "hypoxia-like symptoms" aboard F-22s since April 2008. Hypoxia is oxygen deficiency.

The Air Force reports 25 cases of such systems, including 11 since September, when the service cleared the F-22 fleet to return to flight after a four-month grounding.

The fleet was grounded in May 2011 so the service could check the hypoxia reports, but the order was lifted in September under a "return to fly" plan, with equipment modifications and new rules including daily inspections of the life-support systems.

"Early on in the return to fly we had five maintainers that reported hypoxia symptoms," Gen. Daniel Wyman, command surgeon for the Air Combat Command, said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday.

05-10-2012, 11:09 AM
What do you want to be that the problem has to do with some "eco friendly" component used in the aircraft?