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Six Lockheed F-22 Raptors have Y2K-esque glitch of their own over the Pacific

Lockheed’s F-22 Raptor is the most advanced fighter in the world with its stealth capabilities, advanced radar, state of the art weapons systems and ultra-efficient turbofans which allow the F-22 to "supercruise" at supersonic speeds without an afterburner. The Raptor has gone up against the best that the US Air Force and Navy has to offer taking out F-15s, F-16s and F/A-18 Super Hornets during simulated war games in Alaska. The Raptor-led "Blue Air" team was able to rack up an impressive 241-to-2 kill ratio during the exercise against the "Red Air" threat -- the two kills on the blue team were from the 30-year old F-15 teammates and not the new Raptors.

But while the simulated war games were a somewhat easy feat for the Raptor, something more mundane was able to cripple six aircraft on a 12 to 15 hours flight from Hawaii to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The U.S. Air Force's mighty Raptor was felled by the International Date Line (IDL).

When the group of Raptors crossed over the IDL, multiple computer systems crashed on the planes. Everything from fuel subsystems, to navigation and partial communications were completely taken offline. Numerous attempts were made to "reboot" the systems to no avail.

Luckily for the Raptors, there were no weather issues that day so visibility was not a problem. Also, the Raptors had their refueling tankers as guide dogs to "carry" them back to safety. "They needed help. Had they gotten separated from their tankers or had the weather been bad, they had no attitude reference. They had no communications or navigation," said Retired Air Force Major General Don Shepperd. "They would have turned around and probably could have found the Hawaiian Islands. But if the weather had been bad on approach, there could have been real trouble.”

"The tankers brought them back to Hawaii. This could have been real serious. It certainly could have been real serious if the weather had been bad," Shepperd continued. "It turned out OK. It was fixed in 48 hours. It was a computer glitch in the millions of lines of code, somebody made an error in a couple lines of the code and everything goes."

Luckily for the pilots behind the controls of the Raptors, they were not involved in a combat situation. Had they been, it could have been a disastrous folly by the U.S. Air Force to have to admit that their aircraft which cost $125+ million USD apiece were knocked out of the sky due to a few lines of computer code. "And luckily this time we found out about it before combat. We got it fixed with tiger teams in about 48 hours and the airplanes were flying again, completed their deployment. But this could have been real serious in combat," said Shepperd.



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RE: Why do we need such high-tech planes?
By ElJefe69 on 2/26/2007 12:19:39 PM , Rating: -1
Islamic terrorist for the most part cannot even read their own Koran.

They use washing machine parts to make weapons of mass destruction. They live in the dirt and beat their wives with sticks. They love to see non muslims tortured and get what they deserve. A handgun could deal with the vast majority of these morons. 125 million dollar plane is just an excuse to ride the fear wave while the warmongers are in power, creating massive billion dollar diversions of my paycheck to some shithead useless idea of an "advanced" military.

an advanced military is one that can accomplish the goals of a war. That hasnt happened, billions of dollars dont help that for shit either obviously.


RE: Why do we need such high-tech planes?
By yacoub on 2/26/2007 1:18:34 PM , Rating: 2
but hey it'll be handy for dealing with and rounding up dissenters like you when you don't want to go along with whatever the 'military industrial complex'-led government wants! :D


By ElJefe69 on 3/5/2007 4:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
agreed!

Heil!


RE: Why do we need such high-tech planes?
By ZmaxDP on 2/26/2007 2:34:53 PM , Rating: 5
Well, those morons managed to kill several thousand people here in America, and then have managed to kill over a thousand trained soldiers in Iraq, and quite a few in Afghanistan as well.

Personally, I think it is attitudes like yours that have lead us into such a bloody quagmire in the middle east. If you'd had any decent military training you'd realize that the deadliest mistake of all is to underestimate the enemy. You're doing a great job of it. I'd like to see you make a WMD from washing machine parts - I couldn't. Further, if you really want to prove your point I'm sure the readership here would be happy to put together a collection pool to buy you a ticket to Iraq and a handgun. I'd be happy to let you take care of the problem instead of paying for it with my taxes.

Personally, I'd much rather be flying an F-22 around Iraq than walking around with a handgun. But then, maybe I'm crazy.

As for "accomplishing" the goals of war, what are they exactly? To "win" I assume. Unfortunately, that in't a very good "goal" as it is really hard to define how to do so. The problem is that no one knows how to win. As a result, we've got people trying to get out ASAP, people trying to figure out a way to "win," and people why can't see that old tactics just aren't going to cut it.

Personally, I'm in the middle camp. We've got to figure out these strategies sometime, and this isn't a "war" I think we can afford to "loose." Unlike Vietnam, we have to be worried about terrorists attacking our homeland. I wasn't in favor of going to Iraq, but now we're there whether we like it or not.

And, as for the first sentence, I can't vouch for your statistics of the average reading level of Islamic terrorists, but I think it is a moot point. Just like with any other religion, the Koran can be interpreted many ways. Some people choose to interpret their religion in ways that benefit them - Christians are just as guilty of this as Muslims. The problem is that conditions are so poor in many of these countries, and convincing someone with nothing to loose to go martyr themselves is a lot easier than if they had a good life. If we'd put our efforts into improving the living conditions and job prospects of all the incredibly poor people in these countries, terrorism wouldn't be the problem it is today. Of course, no one knows how to do this either, so we're still in the dark on solutions.

Anyway, at least some people are trying, and good for them.


RE: Why do we need such high-tech planes?
By hadifa on 2/26/2007 7:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Just like with any other religion, the Koran can be interpreted many ways. Some people choose to interpret their religion in ways that benefit them - Christians are just as guilty of this as Muslims.


Bravo. specially the part that says "Some people choose to interpret their religion in ways that benefit them". I think saying "Some people" is a bit conservative, Don't you think "Most people" would be more accurate?

quote:
The problem is that conditions are so poor in many of these countries, and convincing someone with nothing to loose to go martyr themselves is a lot easier than if they had a good life. If we'd put our efforts into improving the living conditions and job prospects of all the incredibly poor people in these countries, terrorism wouldn't be the problem it is today


Unfortunately the poor condition is not the only reason and it goes much deeper than that. Poor conditions and ignorance are only acting as catalyst and fuel.


By ElJefe69 on 3/5/2007 4:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
the people who are poor are NOT responsible for any significant death or damage to our country or its citizens.

it is the wealthy class that, like the poor, hates Christians and Jews and views the West as that. IT is a religous war fought with evil ideas and selfish, repugnant attitudes. We only need their oil, we dont need them. I think we can separate the two aspects one day.


RE: Why do we need such high-tech planes?
By ElJefe69 on 3/5/2007 4:38:22 PM , Rating: 1
they killed those thousands with 2 airplanes.

yeah, we need 22 raptors to shoot down our own airliners! thats that ticket! yes!

im so willing now to spend more billions on useless machines of war.


By coldwarrior on 3/6/2007 9:54:10 AM , Rating: 2
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we dont need more money to get the same perfection result. people on this forum seem to love govt/daddy taking their money from them and blowing it away on useless shit.


Our defense is one of the few things that the government has a responsibility and the constitutional authority to perform. Govt useless s**t is all of the useless social programs designed to win votes that the government has no constitutional authority to perform. The welfare state is so out of control that it is driving business away to lands with cheaper labor and where people are willing to work to eat since their governments don't give them money to live without working. Americanism vs. Communism used to be a mandatory high school course. The liberals removed that course to hide what we have become.

Our US pilots are the very best of the best trained in the world. A US pilot in an F15 can out perform most, if not all foreign countries even with superior fighters. The F22 is far superior to the F15 and with US pilots it will be far superior to anything the world can put against it for another generation. If Lockheed quits making fighters for the free world, we would be dependent on foreign countries for our defense, unthinkable. If our major automakers go under, who will make our tanks, etc.

Our superiority in economy and defense depend on our technological edge. The next world war will not allow us the time to research and build like WWII. Our greatest technological advances have been the result of government funded R&D in the space program and the defense programs. Many people thought the space program was a waste of money but that gave us the beginning of the computer revolution and sattelites for cell phones and television and many other innovations can trace their origins to advances made with the space program of the 60s and 70s.


By futuristicmonkey on 2/26/2007 2:49:16 PM , Rating: 4
Are you going to be the soldier using that handgun? I'd guess that if it came down to a situation like that you'd wish you were flying a few thousand feet above the ground.

Did you know that during the first Gulf War many citizens in Iraq's population centres, near military installations, felt more secure with the skill of the Americans in placing their ordinance than with their _own_ country's soldiers? The American airforce has proven its mettle and skill, over and over again. I'm guessing it's going to make some good returns with this 'excuse'. People just need to give it a chance.

Take your ignorance and bullsh*t elsewhere.


RE: Why do we need such high-tech planes?
By hadifa on 2/26/2007 6:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
...They love to see non muslims tortured and get what they deserve.


As a matter of fact THEY enjoy torturing Muslims even more! Look at Iraq and the number of attacks on civilians compared to the coalition troops.

They bomb mosques and markets when they are most crowded and believe they will be martyrs as suicide bombers killing innocents.

quote:
Islamic terrorist for the most part cannot even read their own Koran


Do not underestimate them. What makes them dangerous is not what they cannot do, but what they are able to and what they believe in.

By the way, many of them memorized the whole holy Koran, but they have no idea about it!


By ElJefe69 on 3/5/2007 4:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
yes that is true, they do memorize it orally but do not read it.

i'll go out on a limb here and say it is a book of death and contradictions that has no ultimate goal except for ingroup dominance and outgroup hatred and bloodshed.

yay.


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