Another F-22 Crash

BusinessDaily.eu –By Mikkel Roland Egesberg – Some spectators have been saying: “The people most at risk from the F-22 killing machine are the people who are flying it…” and this may not be very far from the truth. The US Airforce (USAF) planned to procure 750 F-22 raptor fighter jets, but less than 200 F-22 have been produced, before the program was shut down with huge cost-overruns. Despite a 70 percent reduction in quantities for the program, total acquisition costs have only decreased by 14 percent. As a result, program acquisition unit costs for the F-22 Raptor have almost tripled, from $139 million to $425 million per airplane. The F-22 has never been deployed to combat.

In April 1992 an F-22 test plane crashed while landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

The first crash of a production F-22 occurred during takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base on 20 December 2004. But this was not the end of it…

On 25 March 2009, an F-22 crashed near Edwards Air Force Base resulting in the death of Lockheed test pilot David P. Cooley

On 16 November 2010, an F-22, based at Elmendorf, Alaska, crashed and the pilot, Captain Jeffrey Haney, was killed.

And now a few days ago, an Air Force F-22 Raptor crashed near a Florida Panhandle highway. Fortunately the pilot survived this time…

When will the next F-22 crash? Should the F-22 be grounded again? Only time will show, but don’t expect it to last long, as they say: “The people most at risk from the F-22 killing machine are the people who are flying it…”, and perhaps in the last case, the average Joe driving on the Florida Panhandle highway…

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