Friday, March 27, 2009

Veteran Pilot Died in a Fighter Jet Crash

Disaster strikes to anyone no matter how skilled one can get.

On a Wednesday morning, the Air Force community was in shocked when an Air Force F-22 Raptor, the most advanced and expensive fighter jet crashed. The jet was operated by Pilot David Cooley, a 21 year veteran of the force.

The plane was on a test flight .It was the second time an F-22 crashed during a test flight. The pilot safely ejected the first time unlike Cooley who went down with it.
Regarded as the world's dominant fighter, F-22, a twin-engine jet has been commended for its maneuverability, speed and advanced electronics systems. It is designed to sneak into another country's airspace, attack other planes and ground targets as well. It also has sensors that other fighter jets lacked.

It has been combat-ready at the end of 2007 but it has not conducted missions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

With the incident, Pentagon is currently having second thoughts on whether to continue with its production.

The real cause is still unclear but investigation is on its way though.