F-22 crashes in the desert

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  1. Luigi59

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    Stealth jet crashes in US desert
    March 25, 2009

    A state-of-the-art US air force F-22 fighter has crashed in the desert in southern California, the Pentagon says.

    The fate of the pilot was not immediately known after the plane, which was on a test mission, came down near Edwards Air Force Base.

    The US air force website lists the F-22 Raptor, which is made by Lockheed Martin, as its newest fighter.

    The air force said the jet has "better reliability and maintainability than any fighter aircraft in history".

    The F-22 crashed at about 1000 local time (1700 GMT), officials said.
    Rescue teams were reported to be on their way to the crash site.

    A board of officers will investigate the crash, the air force said.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7964577.stm
     
  2. Bombtrack

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    Awfully strange, I hope the pilot's okay.
     
  3. flieger83

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    Sadly, the pilot did not survive.
     
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    The pilot was a Test Pilot with the 411 Test and Eval Squadron at Edwards AFB. The F22 being a new program has all manuvers tested before being rolled out to the flying squadrons. The Tactics developed are then brought to Nellis and taught to the pilots in the weapons school. Graduates of the Weapons School then teach them to the Squadron.

    These pilots also try to replicate any issues observed by the pilots flying in the squadrons that have been stood up. If during a flight a pilot observes something unusual it will taken back to these Test Squadrons to be checked out.

    His job was one of the most challenging an AF Pilot can have, They take the Aircraft to the limit so others wont have to. He was a civilian, but had been a skilled active duty pilot for 20 years.
     
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    We live in the high desert about 45min from Edwards. Dave Cooley's (pilot) son had played on the same soccer team as our dear friends sons. Our prayers are with the family and all others....you are in our hearts Cooley family.
     
  7. shellz

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    Maui-We used to live in the high desert as well....Palmdale. Where are you?
     
  8. Maui1

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    Guess what shellz.....Palmdale! , we live in Palmdale. I grew up in the valley, Granada Hills which is still where my family home is. Since your familiar with the area, we live on the west side at around 45th West and Town Center ( avenue O). It's a small world. Where are you now?
     
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    Just got back from an "fighter guy salute" to Cools Cooley at the Pentagon's fighter bar. Lots of toasts, and lots of stories about one of the original pilots in the F-117 program, back in the day when it was still a "black jet".

    Here's another nickel on the grass for you, Cools. God speed...
     
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    oops....so sorry for the highjack....bad form. sent maui a pm. :redface:
     

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