Formerly Known as Freefalling
- Sep 8, 2006
- Not Afghanistan
For a few reasons I won't go into on a public forum, I think the F-22 is a mismanaged, gazillion dollar goat rodeo, and while I understand new a/c will have teething problems you'd think we'd do something right instead of wrong, wrong, wrong.
But after building more than 170 F-22 Raptors and a handful of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, not a single one is available for service. The Air Force currently has zero flyable stealth fighters. None.
The vaunted F-22 has been grounded with a possible faulty oxygen system since May. Production of the last few Raptors is even on hold, because the jets can’t fly from the factory.
Last week, test flights for the newer F-35 were suspended, too, because of a valve problem in the plane’s integrated power package. It’s the third time this year that JSFs have been grounded. Tests may resume as early as next week. Then again, they may not.