Despite $65 Billion Investment, World’s Most Costly Jet Still Grounded
Despite $65 Billion Investment, World’s Most Costly Jet Still Grounded - ProPublica
by Marian Wang
ProPublica, Aug. 17, 2011, 12:09 p.m.
The most expensive fighter jet ever built, the U.S.’s F-22, has not only sat on the sidelines in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya—the entire fleet has been grounded indefinitely since early May due to a problem that’s caused some mysterious symptoms for pilots.
Wired notes that if this doesn’t change in the next few months, the Air Force’s F-22 pilots will need to be retrained on how to fly the jets:
Air Force requires pilots to fly a certain number of sorties in their aircraft every month, in order to stay fresh. If they don’t fly for 210 days, the pilots lose their ‘currency,’ as it’s known in military jargon. Then, they have to be retrained on their jets, nearly from scratch.