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F-22 stand down continues
Lockheed has four F-22s that have been accepted by the USAF, but can't be delivered

The F-22 fighter is the premiere air superiority fighter in the Air Force arsenal. The aircraft has been on stand-down status after the USAF ordered an investigation into the possibility that there is an issue with the aircraft's on-boards oxygen generation system. Deliveries of the remaining F-22 aircraft that were ordered are now at a halt and no new aircraft can be flight-tested.

Lockheed Martin continues to build the aircraft and the stores them in "near flight ready" status and minus their all-important radar absorbent coatings. The aircraft have to undergo a certain number of test flights only clad in primer before the stealth coatings can be applied.

Since the aircraft are effectively grounded, Lockheed is unable to deliver the aircraft for their final flight tests to be accepted into the Air Force arsenal. The Pentagon Defense Contract Management Agency must fly a series of acceptance flights before the aircraft is accepted.

Lockheed spokeswoman Stephanie Stinn said, "Our final assembly is scheduled through December 2011. That is still ongoing at Marietta. We delivered aircraft 4181, and that was on June 22, to the Air Force, so they have that as their aircraft. After that aircraft, we can't do the required acceptance flights."

There are four aircraft sitting in storage at Lockheed that have technically been accepted by the Air Force, but the jets can’t be flown to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia for final delivery.

The investigation into the oxygen generation system that resulted in the stand down of the F-22 was instituted in May. The investigation was then expanded to cover other aircraft like the A-10, F-15E, F-16, F-22, F-35, and T-6. Those other aircraft, however, are not in stand down mode. The stand down restricts all F-22 aircraft from operating except for a few F-22s flown by test pilots operating out of Edwards AFB in California that operate under a waiver. The Air Force hasn't said what exactly those test pilots are flying the aircraft for.

While the F-22 is grounded, pilots are trying to stay current with the aircraft using simulators. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Jennifer Ferrau said, "Pilots and ground crew continue to train in simulators and perform ground tasks to stay as proficient as possible. Once the aircraft are cleared to fly again, there will be a period where the pilots will need in-flight training to become fully proficient on the aspects of flying that simulators cannot replicate. Some live flight is required for high-G maneuvering flight, a true outside visual, and in-flight decision-making in a dynamic environment where simulators are lacking."

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They can let me have one of them
By BZDTemp on 7/11/2011 1:26:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have been thinking about getting a license so eventually I'm gonna need a plane :-)

RE: They can let me have one of them
By Hyperion1400 on 7/11/2011 1:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
If only we all had that kind of money collecting dust? Hell, I would settle for a Yak-3 :P

If wonder if I could cram a P&W R-2800 into a Yak?

By steven975 on 7/11/2011 3:53:25 PM , Rating: 2
Go big or go home...R-4360 FTW

There was a variant of the Yak-3 with a radial, the U model.

RE: They can let me have one of them
By BZDTemp on 7/12/2011 4:22:55 AM , Rating: 2
Actually a Yak-3 would be rather cool (and require a lot less work to run). It would also mean a much bigger choice of airports.

And a radial engine should make it even more fool proof except there is the thing when you turn :-)

RE: They can let me have one of them
By Hyperion1400 on 7/12/2011 8:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I recently went back and played Crimson Skies, and it got me thinking. Would it be possible to to put a pair of counter rotating props on a plane? It is certainly possible to do with a helicopter, so why not a plane?

By Bad-Karma on 7/13/2011 2:40:27 AM , Rating: 2
It's called Contra-rotating props, and it's been done quite a bit.

By weiwei1 on 7/11/11, Rating: -1
Sell to China
By NovoRei on 7/11/11, Rating: -1
RE: Sell to China
By kattanna on 7/12/2011 10:11:05 AM , Rating: 3
why would they want to buy back all those parts they sold to us?


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