‘Professional Dereliction’

An F-22 Raptor aircraft on display on the flight line during the 49th annual Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma Air Show & Open House at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., March 26, 2011. The air show is celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation, and will showcase the historical and modern capabilities of aircraft belonging to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Benjamin R. Reynolds/Released)

Some pilots refuse to fly F-22 Raptor amid jet’s oxygen problems

The Air Force doesn’t have specific details on numbers and locations of pilots who have refused to fly the F-22, said Maj. Brandon Lingle, an Air Force spokesman. “We are generally aware of a small number of pilots who have expressed reservations about flying the F-22, and each of those cases will be handled individually through established processes,” he said.

There are Air Force rules that say a fear of flying, “whether expressed in general terms or limited to a particular aircraft, is a professional dereliction that carries significant consequences,” Lingle said.



  1. Mutiny. Always good for morale. Sure they have no idea what’s going on with the oxygen system, and sure you have to give a vial of blood after many flights so they can try to figure it out. Don’t by a p*ssy.

    Its been months, if not over a year, and they still have nothing to point to with the OBOGS or whatever is tainting the air supply?

  2. I’ll go out on a limb and speculate that the problem has been identified and could be fixed but that would activate a penalty clause.

    Cheaper to feign ignorance of a solution and sacrifice some pilots…

    But that’s just the cynic in me…

  3. I too have vowed not to fly an F-22, but for a different reason. They don’t get satellite radio in those things. Can you believe it? I won’t pilot one of those until they upgrade their sound system.

    Also, I don’t have a pilot’s license…

  4. Well I do have my pilots license…. darn only single engine rated. I guess I will just have to wait for the F-35 to come down the pike…….haha

  5. Kevin,

    You don’t need any “pilot rating”.

    I have a friend in the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard.

    They drive Raptors and he said he’d be glad to hang you off a hard-point and take you for a mach+ ride.

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