Mystery of F-22 illnesses grows
Mystery still surrounds illnesses in people who fly or work on F-22 stealth fighter jets.
May 9th, 2012
06:09 PM ET

Mystery of F-22 illnesses grows

Even as the Air Force searches for the reason pilots are getting sick flying the F-22, a new mystery about the troubled stealth fighter jet has come to light: Why are mechanics on the ground getting sick in the plane as well?

The Air Force has been looking into a number of reports that pilots experienced "hypoxia-like symptoms" aboard F-22s since April 2008. Hypoxia is oxygen deficiency.

The Air Force reports 25 cases of such symptoms, including 11 since September, when the service cleared the F-22 fleet to return to flight after a four-month grounding.

"Early on in the return to fly, we had five maintainers that reported hypoxia symptoms," Gen. Daniel Wyman, command surgeon for the Air Combat Command, said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday.

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  1. krehator

    I'm sure the designers are playing stupid.

    "Sorry warranty expired".

    May 10, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. krehator

    and Obama has what to do with F-22's? These things were being developed long before he was in government. Can you try to connect your hate for Obama with anymore unrelated krap?

    May 10, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    wonder why the asians lead the world in technology? BECAUSE OVERBURDENING REGULATIONS STIFLE INNOVATION.

    May 10, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • brown

      Asians lead the world in technology? What world are you living on?

      May 14, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. hamsta

    @krehator its an ongoing conversation about the so called evils of deregulation. the only thing obama has to do with any of it is the fact that he wants to regulate things that dont need to be regulated and deregulate things that need to be regulated. the great freon act has nothing to do with obama or any other president for that matter. but it has everything to do with the enviro whackos and the epa that he gives unchecked power to.

    May 10, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Nimrod Techen, Oregon

      What does Obama have to do with pilots getting sick around the F-22?
      Maybe it's been a while since you last visited in high school, but Hypoxia is oxygen deficiency. every new system has its development issues in the very beginning.

      May 13, 2012 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pat

    Could it be they are made from depleted uranium?

    May 10, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. WhiteKong78

    Maybe now we know why Israel didn't complain when the squadron of F-22s fmr. President Bush/Congress authorized being "sold" to Israel were donated to the Royal House of Saud instead.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WhiteKong78

    EPA "unchecked power" LMAO Rotflmao

    May 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WhiteKong78

    Amazing how the EPA wields such great authority over a hole in our ozone layer that's been there for millions of years.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
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