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Friday, June 16, 2017

The U.S. Navy has yet to figure out how to fix oxygen deprivation and cabin pressure loss in its Boeing Co. F-18 aircraft -- a problem the service called "elusive" in a report released Thursday. For more than a year, the Navy has been grappling with pilots suffering the potentially dangerous problems in the fighter jets. All F-18 models, including the Super Hornet that President Donald Trump has championed, have shown steady annual increases in what the Navy calls "physiological episodes," or PE. Incidents of oxygen deprivation and cabin decompression have escalated in the last year, Navy data show. Officials have yet to determine the root cause of the in-flight problems ... The Navy isn't the only service dealing with the vexing issue of oxygen deprivation, known as hypoxia, and the F-18 isn't the only fighter jet affected. Luke Air Force Base in Arizona last week grounded all of its F-35 planes because pilots there experienced hypoxia.



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Hacks anyone?

#1 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-06-16 01:19 PM | Reply

Hacks anyone?


If so, its not the Russians. They don't hack anyone. Its just Democrats whining. Ask Republicans.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-06-16 01:32 PM | Reply

Time to replace pilots with robots that don't need oxygen. I am not a bot.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2017-06-16 01:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The F-22 had "oxygen generator problems". It wasn't the plane. They ended up replacing 1 valve on the flight suit, removing a filter, and increasing oxygen flow. A huge problem is the very latest generation of engines in the fighters let them pull max G indefinitely. You can kill yourself quite easily with that capability, and guys are pulling max G for so long they're ending up with hypoxia and concussion symptoms.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-06-16 02:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 | POSTED BY BORED AT 2017-06-16 01:49 PM | FLAG:

Dead on with that. We're at the intersection of human vs unmanned dogfighting, and the extreme performance at the pointy end of the kill chain will no longer be sustainable by the human body.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-06-16 02:06 PM | Reply

The droids will take over all first world fighting soon. The public doesn't like flag draped coffins or wounded or suicidal vets.
Once our military is 100% droid killing poor people the answer to "Are we the baddies?" will be uncomfortable, but those sweet sweet natural resources will make us feel comfortable again.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2017-06-16 05:37 PM | Reply

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