F-22 Jets Receiving New Oxygen Systems Amid Safety Concerns

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued a directive Tuesday ordering new safety precautions for the F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet after some pilots reported feeling the symptoms of oxygen deprivation.

Under the directive, automatic back-up oxygen systems will be placed in the aircrafts, pilots will be required to remain within a responsible range of a landing site and monthly progress reports will be required.

The Defense Department can not say how long the directive will be in place, but noted that the first retrofit of the aircrafts’ oxygen systems will be completed by December and will be followed by an additional 10 more each month.

12 pilots have reported feeling hypoxia like symptoms between April 2008 and January 2011.

About TRNS Washington Desk

View all posts by TRNS Washington Desk
TRNS Washington Desk
News updates from on and around Capitol Hill.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – September 30, 2014

The World in 2:00 continents logo

The latest on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Secret Service Chief Grilled Over Security Lapses

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee say there’s a question of leadership within the Secret Service.

White House: Obama Still Has Confidence In Secret Service

“When you are dealing with a chaotic situation … conflicting facts can merge,” Earnest said in response to new revelations about the fence jumper.

Violinist Joshua Bell Plays In Union Station

Bell played an unannounced show in the D.C. metro seven years ago as part of a social experiment.

FCC Votes To End Blackout Restrictions In Sports Broadcasts

NFL Logo

The NFL was openly defiant of the ruling, saying that it wouldn’t affect their policies going forward.

Debbie Smith Act Goes To The President’s Desk

The act seeks to further fund the analysis of DNA evidence to solve rape cases.