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F-22 to fly again  (Source: USAF)
Raptor set to fly above 50,000 as restriction lifts

The grounding of the USAF F-22 Raptor fleet has dragged on for months as the investigation into what caused issues with the onboard oxygen generation system were investigated. At this point, there is still no clear answer on what gave multiple pilots hypoxia-like symptoms during flights. Affected pilots in several instances were found to have toxins in their blood.

Last week, reports indicated that USAF chief Gen. Norton Schwartz would be 
given options to grant flight status back to the F-22 fleet. Schwartz has approved a plan that will allow the 160 F-22 aircraft in the fleet to fly above 50,000 feet according to Defense News. The Raptor has a 60,000-foot ceiling.

The life support systems will be inspected daily on all of the aircraft, and all the systems will be extensively inspected before any of the jets take to the skies. The plan also calls for F-22 pilots to undergo physiological tests and to have additional protective equipment when they fly. Exactly what the extra equipment would be is unknown.

"We now have enough insight from recent studies and investigations that a return to flight is prudent and appropriate," Schwartz said. "We're managing the risks with our aircrews, and we're continuing to study the F-22's oxygen systems and collect data to improve its performance." 

As the F-22 fleet is preparing to return to the skies, the long-delayed and over budget F-35 fighter is again 
under pressure. USAF Secretary Michael Donley pledged support to the F-35 on September 19. However, with budget cuts coming and Washington looking for everything they can find to cut costs, Donley didn’t offer answers to what functionalities on the F-35 the USAF would be willing to lose to bring the cost of the fighters down.

Donley said that it would be difficult to eliminate core functionality from the program. "There are 12 core functions in the Air Force, there are none that we can just jettison," Donley said. "Each of those core functions is performing an important mission not just for the Air Force but the joint team."

Lockheed Martin says that as of now the F-35B STOVL version of the fighter is ahead on flight testing slightly and will be heading to sea trials in the first week of October if all goes as planned. The carrier-based F-35C will start sea trials next spring according to officials.



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By Reclaimer77 on 9/20/2011 7:20:31 PM , Rating: 2
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As more documents from that era see the light of day, they show that as early as 1974 there were shortages of everything from food and medicine to materials and manufactured goods, there was abundant social disorder and brutal oppression.


This made them all the more desperate and dangerous, not automatically docile and pacifists. None of this would have stopped them from "pressing the button".

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These also happened to be in the CIA dockets that were given to Reagan and the official recommendation of the CIA was to let them fail on their own as it would frighten people away from communism.


Last time I checked we didn't declare war on the USSR. One could easily make the argument that we DID let them fail.

And really Iaiken, since when was the CIA beyond reproach? This is the same CIA that convinced us all we needed to invade Iraq because they had WMD's. In fact, WOW, I can't believe they still have the report on their site...

https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-report...

"How quickly Iraq will obtain its first nuclear weapon depends on when it acquires sufficient weapons-grade fissile material."


/facepalm

The CIA has been known to forge documents, make huge blunders, or just outright LIE about a situation. These documents you herald sound like a bunch of political ass-covering to me. Oh oh yeah that's right, we TOLD Reagan to just not match the USSR militarily umm yeah, it's Rumsfelds fault.

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But again, hindsight is 20/20...


Yup and your arguments have a health dose of it...


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