One in five F-22 jets had an incorrectly rigged landing gear

WASHINGTON — One in five F-22 Raptor stealth fighters has a problem with the chariots as they do not deploy on landing, causing serious damage. This established an inspection of 10 percent of F-22 equipment in the US Air Force, as well as an isolated investigation at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, according to Defense News.

One in five F-22 jets had an incorrectly rigged landing gear
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All of these accidents cost millions of American taxpayers. According to the Air Force Safety Center, 26 Class A and 36 Class B incidents were reported over ten years [2011 and 2021]. In addition to between $500,000 and $2 million each, these incidents resulted in a plane crash or death or permanent and complete damage.

Air Combat Command spokesperson Alexi Worley said in successive statements on March 23 and 24 that the Air Force had inspected the entire fleet to identify the problem and provide instructions to resolve it. The inspection found that the installation of the nose landing gear changed over time. Actions have already been taken, Worley said, “to clarify rigging procedures after maintenance actions.”

Uncertain future

The future of the F-22 Raptor is still unclear, although some bases prefer to be resold inside the United States to other training and training bases instead of retiring.

Unknown: F-22 Raptor covered with a mosaic of reflective material
Photo credit: Santos Caceres already announced last year that the US government is seriously considering Raptor’s retirement. After more than 20 years of service and an abandoned project at the expense of the F-35, upgrading not just a fighter, but stealth is too expensive. Even if this award for one reason or another happens, no one guarantees the combat effectiveness of the aircraft in a real battle.

The uncertain future of the F-22 is not so much about the machines as it is about the teams and pilots involved in this fighter jet. Experts say F-22 pilots are easily stressed personally and professionally because they do not know where and how to continue working, and how much their housing and financial situation will be complicated.

“That drives a lot of uncertainty about what’s going to happen,” a former official told the Air Force Times. “Are they actually going to move all those people in the FTU up there? Or are they going to retire the airplanes in place and send the people somewhere else? ”

Tyndall Air Force Base will be first

Most likely, 33 F-22 Raptor fighters from Tyndall Air Force Base will be the first retired fighters. This is what Defense News writes. This will happen next year [2023], although the government had very different plans – to transfer them to Virginia.

One in five F-22 jets had an incorrectly rigged landing gear
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At the same time, however, the planned retirement has so far met with tacit disagreement among some officials at the base. They believe the sale of 33 fighter jets for training, and even combat missions could help base focus and efforts in exploring other cutting-edge fighter designs.

Congress is the last hope that these 33 F-22s will be saved by sale. Those familiar with the situation say that if Congress accepts the proposal, the F-22 Raptor will most likely go to AFB Davis-Monthan in Tucson, Arizona.

Tyndall Air Force Base has a total of 186 F-22 fighters. If we subtract from them the 33 units discussed remain 153. Experts claim that these 153 will be redistributed to various bases, including the Langley-Justice joint base, Virginia; Pearl Harbor-Hickam Joint Base, Hawaii; and the Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Eglin Joint Base.


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