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#3809 2009-03-25 15:42 GMT-5 hours    
Not much details yet, but, sadly, it looks like we have the first F-22 loss. Status of the pilot is not yet known. I hope he made it out ok. Here's a link from CNN.

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#3810 2009-03-25 16:11 GMT-5 hours    
I'd bet he could kiss his flying career with the USAF good-bye. That is if he/she is found to be at fault, even if not life's gonna suck hereafter.

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#3812 2009-03-25 17:02 GMT-5 hours    
Well that sucks. A B-2 last year and a F-22 this year.. I hope the pilot is alright but, its sad see any aircraft go down. It was at Edwards and i bet they were testing a new piece of hardware so we will have to wait for the report on the crash to come out. But, this doesn’t help with the new presidential administration faith in renewing the contract for the F-22.

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#3813 2009-03-25 18:01 GMT-5 hours    
According to CNN reports, in 2004, an F-22 Raptor crashed on a training mission in the Nevada desert. The pilot ejected and was not hurt, though the jet was destroyed. I hope the pilot is OK.
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#3814 2009-03-25 18:11 GMT-5 hours    
Yes, you're right, I had forgotten about that one. This is the first crash after becoming fully operational. If anyone has any more info about the crash, which aircraft it was, etc. please post. This could be quite interesting.

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#3816 2009-03-25 19:52 GMT-5 hours    
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#3818 2009-03-26 00:22 GMT-5 hours    
Just read on the BBC that the pilot did not make it.

Also here,

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/03/26/america/NA-F-22-Crash.php

"The pilot was David Cooley, 49, a 21-year Air Force veteran who joined Lockheed Martin in 2003, the company said in a statement. The company did not release any details of the accident or say whether or not Cooley attempted to eject.

Cooley was part of a team of company and Air Force pilots who conduct F-22 testing.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of David and our concerns, thoughts and prayers at this time are with his family," the statement said."

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#3820 2009-03-26 02:52 GMT-5 hours    
very sad... God speed David..

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#3822 2009-03-26 09:21 GMT-5 hours    
Definately a sad day for the family & the USAF! I sure hoped it would end differently.

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#3823 2009-03-26 09:51 GMT-5 hours    
Bummer, the pilot was lost. It is probably safe to assume he died doing something he loved.

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#3824 2009-03-26 10:56 GMT-5 hours    
IT's always saddening to hear of another death. It goes to show how dangerous and unforgiving military aviation can be. RIP David.

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#4299 2009-09-15 04:58 GMT-5 hours    
Here is an update on the USAF F-22 Raptor crash that happened earlier this year near Edwards.

More on the F-22 Accident: The F-22 that crashed during a flight test on March 25 was working well when the pilot temporarily lost situational awareness due to high G-loading, accident investigation board president Maj. Gen. David Eidsaune said in an interview with Air Force Magazine Monday. (Daily Report's initial AIB report coverage.) The aircraft was an early test model of the Raptor and was "heavily instrumented," he said, and much of the mission was filmed. "We looked through … hundreds of parameters," Eidsaune said, "and there were no indications [of] … any problems with the flight controls, the engines, the avionics. Everything was working nominally on the plane." A separate board issues safety conclusions, but no F-22s were grounded as a result of the accident. A "contributing factor" in the accident was that the pilot, Lockheed Martin test pilot David Cooley, performed an anti-G straining maneuver that was "less than optimum," Eidsaune said. Instead of the usual series of short breaths and releases, combined with a tensing of the diaphragm, Cooley made a single long exhale. Cooley was wearing standard G-pants and not a Combat Edge suit, which gives somewhat more protection against high-G forces. He lost situational awareness and by the time he shook off the effects of the heavy Gs, it was too late to recover the aircraft, which was supersonic and pointed at the ground. Although Cooley made "the correct decision" to eject, he was outside the safe ejection parameters for the F-22, and was killed by the windblast, Eidsaune reported. At 600 knots, Cooley might have survived, but at his speed of 770 knots, his body was subjected to 60 positive Gs and then 30 negative Gs in ejecting. He was getting over a cold, but that condition wasn't considered a factor.

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#4305 2009-09-15 17:22 GMT-5 hours    
Thank goodness its the same old thread from march, i open airfighters and was shocked "not another one".

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