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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More on the F-22 crash

Just got this from the Air Force Press Desk:

An Air Force F-22A fighter crashed about 10 a.m. today approximately 35 miles northeast of Edwards AFB, CA.

The aircraft is from Edwards Air Force Base. At the time of the accident, it was on a test mission.

One pilot was on board. Their condition is unknown at this time.

A board of officers will investigate the accident.

This is the second time an F-22 has crashed. The first one was during the aircraft's test and evaluation period in December 2004 also at Edwards, during which the pilot ejected safely.

The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability represents an exceptional leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.

The Air Force currently has 134 F-22s in its inventory.

For more facts on the F-22, visit www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=199.

As soon as additional details of the crash become available, they will be provided.

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As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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