Toxic Glue Causes Mysterious F-22 Pilot Syndrome, Says Expert

There is still no official explanation for the ongoing hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by F-22 Raptor pilots. The US Air Force has no idea what's going on. Now, someone else claims to know the source of the problem, which has grounded the fleet repeatedly.

Pierre Sprey — father of the A-10 Warthog and mother of the F-16 Viper — says that the problem is the glues used to keep the fighter's stealth coating in place. Sprey says that the heat caused by the air friction at high speed — above Mach 1.6 — may be causing the glues to emit toxic gases that affect the pilots. If true, this also explains why ground crews are having similar problems. They would be exposed to some of those toxic gases after landing.

The aircraft's high speed and manoeuvrability also causes continuous repairs on the F-22 stealth coating, which requires more glue applied through the aeroplane. It's a vicious circle, he says, which "increases the risk to the pilots".

The US Air Force claims that this is not true and no toxins have been found on the pilots' blood, life-support system or cockpit air samples. Sprey said that the military haven't really look into the glue problem because the USAF couldn't find the toxins in the pilots' blood.

He also claims that they don't really want to look into this problem because it would cause a huge problem for the Pentagon, requiring "major rebuild of the aeroplane". This would also affect the F-35 Lightning II, he says: "The F-22 and the F-35 are three-fourths of the Air Force budget, and that is what is at stake."

The plot is thickening. [News Herald via Defense Tech]


Comments

    Great, when you consider what we as the public are allowed to know, is only 10% of what the truth is... imagine what is really going for those in the know...

    Hopefully Australia buys more Super Hornets.

      Erm, we should be buying some form of bomber. We can't even attack Indonesia anymore...

      considering the millions we've already pumped into the project i doubt we will get anything else (though the latest defence budget delayed getting the F-35's by another 2 years anyway so by then they may have fixed the problems... or we could have got PAK-FA's for half the price :D.)

        Nah, the F-22 and F-35 are state of the art. They are the most advanced fighters that exist so far. There is actually 3 versions of the Joint Strike Fighters; Fighter, VTOL and Bomber variants (on a basic level)

    Just another reason to ditch manned fighters and move to UAV's. Without the pilot, there's no need to keep the meat bag alive and they can out manoeuvre any manned craft.

    A-10 Thunderbolt and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Those are the names of the planes, get it right. Unofficial nicknames are ok in less formal contexts, but when your talking about the planes in a story like this, it's better to use the planes ACTUAL names.

      Its a repost from another site, stop being so butthurt because he didn't use the proper name for your waifu plane.

      Should I start calling water as dihydrogen monoxide?

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