Lawmakers Seek Answers on F-22 Issues

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley on July 10 expressing their appreciation for the service's efforts thus far to ensure the health and safety of F-22 pilots, but also voicing their continued concerns over recent hypoxia-related incidents with Raptor pilots. Specially, they cite a "hypoxia-related in-flight emergency declared by an F-22 pilot" at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on July 6; a "restricted airflow" incident at JB Langley-Eustis, Va., in late June; and a mishap at Tyndall AFB, Fla., on May 31 in which an F-22 "reportedly impacted the runway without extending its landing gear." Warner and Kinzinger ask for a briefing within 30 days to get updated information on the aircraft's onboard oxygen-generation system and whether it provides enough oxygen to pilots at higher altitudes while they are sustaining powerful G-forces. They also seek information on the pilot's survival gear, including the upper pressure vest, which has come under scrutiny again of late as potentially restricting the pilot's airflow and possibly contributing to the cases of pilots' disorientation and dizziness.

Let’s Talk About It

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, US Cyber Command boss, thinks the United States would be safer if the federal government and private industries developed legal standards of cyber security. Much-contended cyber legislation pending in the Senate would be “absolutely vital to...

AFNet Comes to Europe

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DARPA Seeks to Advance Hypersonics Technology

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Four More F-35s Delivered

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Expanding the Envelope

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One Last Time

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Dry Cockpits to Spare

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Little Rock Tests Electronic Flight Bags

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