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. hamsta

    Maybe the government used chinese insulation.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hamsta

    Maybe one of those crazy occupy protestors spilled their lsd on it.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    Maybe indiana jones hid the arch of the covenant in the fuselage.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hamsta

    Maybe an invisible alien is using up all the oxygen.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hamsta

    Maybe god is showing his displeasure at the great satan trying to legalize gay marriage.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andreas Moser

    Is the F-22 the new Tutankhamun?

    May 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hamsta

    Maybe a troll used up all the oxygen.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hamsta

    Wow i have my own impersonator

    May 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ted M.

    There are so many dangerous chemicals used in building and maintaining and operating an F-22, I have a hard time understanding why this has been such a problem to pin down. Shortness of breath is probably due to some outgassing from a fancy foam insert or something simple like that.
    When they find it, they are going to be pretty mad at the "deregulation" that led to using toxic chemicals without proper oversight and safety precautions.
    This is just like the deadly peanut-butter. Deregulation and de-funding of regulatory agencies is causing problems again and again. De-regulation is just another word for "let us be poisonous robber barons without getting caught".

    May 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed 100%

      May 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    @muscle hamsta, you are going to have a hard time settling hamsta and the variations of hamsta apart.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    Maybe we are all trolls.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    Not me at 10:52.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hamsta

    im sure someone is going to blame this on deregulation. if i didnt have first hand experience with the epa overregulation i might believe that. thanks to the epa and their freon conversion in .1993 your air conditioning is less fuel efficient and doesnt cool as well. the only thing the epa achieved was to make freon so expensive that you will get your air conditioner fixed instead of just recharging it.... or so they thought. the new freon operates at higher pressures making it less energy efficient and less efficient at cooling.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. hamsta

    Wow im famous like elvis or something. i have a bunch of impersonators.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. hamsta

    freon is freon just like alcohol is alcohol. it doesnt matter if its r12, r22, r134a, r504 and so on just like it doesnt matter if its beer, wine, vodka or whiskey. its the same chemical name with a few of the numbers changed. a flourocarbon is a flourocarbon. thats the chemical that eats the ozone layer.... or so they claim. that could be a hoax just like global warming. the epa didnt succeed in getting rid of freon. the epa didnt succeed in stopping people from charging leaky units. all they succeeded in was making you pay more for a product that doesnt work as good. THATS EXACTLY WHAT GOVERNMENT REGULATION DOES FOR YOU.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
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