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    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...22-raptor.html

    The US Air Force launched a search operation last night after one of its Lockheed Martin F-22 fighters failed to return to its base following a training mission.

    “An air force F-22 assigned to the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson lost contact with air traffic control at 7:40pm Alaska time today while on a routine training mission,” the USAF says in a brief statement.

    The service confirms that “a search is underway”, and says: “more information will be released as it becomes available”.
    “The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”

    Erwin


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    Yes it crashed they are looking for the pilot! They don't know why it crashed yet the flight was just a normal training mission.

    http://www.altair.com.pl/start-5376 it's in Polish

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    • #3
      http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123231186

      11/17/2010 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) -- Search and rescue crews have found the apparent wreckage of an F-22 Raptor Nov. 17 that was assigned to the 3rd Wing here.

      The jet lost contact with air traffic control at 7:40 p.m. local time while on a routine training mission Nov. 16.

      A search was coordinated by officials with the Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Coordination Center. Airmen in HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and an HC-130 King combed an area northeast of Cantwell, Alaska, the last known location of the aircraft.

      "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this missing Airman, and we thank all Alaskans for their continued support and prayers during this trying time," said Col. Jack McMullen, 3rd Wing commander. "Finding the missing pilot is our top priority."

      To continue searching for the missing pilot, a rescue team is being dispatched to the area, approximately 100 miles north of Anchorage, by the Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Coordination Center, the 3rd Wing and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

      Colonel McMullen held a press conference at 1 p.m. to make a statement and answer questions from the media.

      "Last night a two-ship (flight) of F-22s, Rocky One and Rocky Three, were finished with training ... about 100 miles north of here," Colonel McMullen said.

      Everything was normal until about 7:40 p.m., he said, when Rocky Three fell off the radar scope and the pilot lost communications.

      "The other pilot (Rocky One) went to a tanker, got gas and then continued to look for the mishap pilot," Colonel McMullen said. "He could not find him. At that time, the Alaska Air National Guard scrambled a C-130 and rescue helicopters. They searched the entire night."

      About 10:15 a.m., an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter found a site that fits the data and the description of where rescuers thought the mishap probably occurred, Colonel McMullen said.

      "They found the crash site," he said. "They were unable to land at the crash site and take a closer look. We scrambled another helicopter that should be in the area in the next few moments."

      Colonel McMullen thanked the Alaskan community and Alaska Air National Guard for their support at such a difficult time.

      The name of the pilot is being withheld until the pilot's status is determined.

      More information will be released as it becomes available.

      (Courtesy of 3rd Wing Public Affairs)
      “The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”

      Erwin

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      • #4
        Sad update....

        Search-and-rescue teams have found "conclusive evidence" that the pilot of an F-22 aircraft that crashed while on a routine training mission in Alaska did not survive, the military said Friday.
        Air Force Capt. Jeffrey Haney, who was assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing, has been missing since the crash Tuesday night. Crews have found the wreckage of the plane.
        Haney "did not eject from the aircraft prior to impact," said Air Force Col. Jack McMullen, 3rd Wing commander. McMullen made the remarks Friday in written and video statements.
        A recovery team found part of the ejection seat and several life support items that Haney wore during the flight.
        "If a pilot was able to eject, the seat would go with him and it would not be anywhere at or near the site," McMullen said.
        “The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”

        Erwin

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        • #5
          west
          Live, from a grassy knoll somewhere near you.

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          • #6
            R.I.P. to him and condolences/prayers to his family and friends. He was as well a Western Michigan University graduate with an Aviation Flight Science degree and a member of Sky Broncos flight team.
            what ever happens......happens

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