F-22 raptor missing

F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: Short Bus On: Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:11 am

I understand the F-22 raptor went missing Tuesday night.
Today the DOT crew, I mechanic for, cleared several miles of the, closed in winter, Denali HWY.
Tonight we have Airforce and Army in town, everywhere, supposedly 100 men, I guess half of them are camped out south of town, the rest are in rooms.
100 extra people in a town of maybe 250 is alot, not to mention all the trucks and equipment they brought.
The news says the wreakage has been found, no word on the pilot.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/18/alaska ... index.html
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: rockwood On: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:18 am

What's the weather like right now?
If he ejected and survived, this would be his third night out in the elements. :(
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: Short Bus On: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:29 am

Tuesday and Wednesday we were above and below zero in the single digets :(
Thursday, today we are around 15F, I'm at 2000 foot, the area that I think they are looking is probably higher.
I understand those ejection seats contain excellent survival gear, and unlike many rescue missions this fellow is probably in excellent shape.
They need to find him soon. :!:
The zip code here for current weather is 99729
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: Sting On: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:46 am

Wouldn't it be closer for them to come south from FT Greely / Delta Junction?
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: Short Bus On: Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:47 am

I would think the pilot search is being done with aircraft and people delivered to the scene with helicopters and such. The convoy in town here must be for plane recovery and site security. The trucks arrived after sunset and I only saw some trailers in a yard light and they each had seven Hermon Nelson like heaters on them, they may be planing to tent the site and melt the ice to find all the parts. I never thought about it but this is the Airforce conductiong a land based operation.
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: Short Bus On: Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:57 am

Valley Trash works on planes at Elmandorf Air Base, he could probably speak acuratly about survival gear and other aspects of this we arn't even thinking of, or he could also be in town here and thinking warm thoughts, while he prepares to go spend some time in the cold.
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: murphyslaw On: Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:23 am

Crews have reached the wreckage. They have found pieces of the ejection seat in the scatter of pieces. They have officially announced the pilot did not survive. Based on having found parts of the ejection seat, meaning he didn't eject before impact.
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: Short Bus On: Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:52 pm

Today I saw civilian fuel tankers and air force trucks with lumber and plywood, I think they are trying to improve facilities out there, near as I can tell they are around mile 80 on the Denali HWY but the road is blocked to civilian travel here in town at mile 132.
Pilot aparently never ejected, clothing and seat found at crash site.
I've heard they also have a no fly zone over the site, that would be a good way to figure out where the crash is, but it dosn't realy matter.
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:49 am

Read early on the site was declared a hazmat area, assume it was just for control factors but who knows what kind of stuff is on/in those birds ;-)
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Re: F-22 raptor missing

PostBy: valley trash On: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:25 am

Short Bus wrote:Valley Trash works on planes at Elmendorf Air Base, he could probably speak accurately about survival gear and other aspects of this we aren't even thinking of, or he could also be in town here and thinking warm thoughts, while he prepares to go spend some time in the cold.


Sorry for my untimely absence to the forum. As to the Raptor crash, as far as what i have heard through the grapevine is that the pilot GLOCK'ed and pile drove his aircraft into the ground. Definitely not a good year for Elmendorf. Thankfully these incidents have been operator error and not bad maintenance.
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