“The new US stealth fighter, the F-22 was deployed for the first time to Asia earlier this month. On Feb. 11, twelve Raptors flying from Hawaii to Japan were forced to turn back when a software glitch crashed all of the F-22s’ on-board computers as they crossed the international date line. The delay in arrival in Japan was previously reported, with rumors of problems with the software. CNN television, however, this morning reported that every fighter completely lost all navigation and communications when they crossed the international date line. They reportedly had to turn around and follow their tankers by visual contact back to Hawaii. According to the CNN story, if they had not been with their tankers, or the weather had been bad, this would have been serious. CNN has not put up anything on their website yet.”
Hasn’t been confirmed yet, so it mayn’t be true, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Ages ago a software change for the FA-18 added some new capability to the APG-65 radar and AIM-7 Sparrow missile. Worked 4.0 out on the Pacific test ranges, which run east/west.
Failed miserably on the East Coast, whose ranges ran north/south. Missiles went stupid. Rapidly fixed once identfied, nobbut a single line of mangled code.
Funny thing about software: Imagine if a single mis-spelled word made “War and Peace” unreadable.
Remember though: “Code is poetry.”