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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 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
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.

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