Into the wild blue yonder:
The Air Force is planning to lift the four-month grounding of its F-22 Raptor fleet, although it has yet to figure out what went wrong in the aircraft’s oxygen system, sources said.
Service officials will meet Friday to determine what restrictions will remain on the planes, the culmination of a lively debate between various factions in the Raptor community, sources said.
The service grounded the twin-engine fifth-generation fighter on May 3 after pilots reported 14 incidents of “hypoxia-like” symptoms. According to one former F-22 pilot, toxic chemicals were found in the bloodstreams of the affected aviators.
Investigators have yet to ascertain the cause of the problem with the Raptors’ On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS).
“They haven’t pinpointed it,” one source said. “But they feel that the risk is mitigated enough to stop the grounding while they continue to see what can be done to solve the problem.”
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