Air Force Pilot & F-22 Missing in Alaska?

An Air Force Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor jet and his pilot are missing in Alaska after losing contact with air traffic control at 7:40 p.m. while on a routine training mission over Alaska.
The aircraft is assigned to Elmendorf's 3rd Wing, the Air Force has not released the pilot's name.
Search and rescue teams are looking for the F-22 Raptor jet and its pilot, they think it might have crashed somewhere.

Do you think the F-22 crashed? If this happened maybe the pilot ejected himself and he is alive somewhere. What are the chances they can find him alive?

asked by Lorelle in Aircraft | 3179 views | 11-17-2010 at 08:23 PM

It's very strange. There was no mayday or any other communication from the pilot that would have indicated the F-22 was in trouble. There have been no distress calls from the pilot since the plane went missing.

The guard said the missing plane was flying with another fighter, which also lost contact with the jet.

Although the pilot's name has not been revealed yet, Col. Jack McMullen, 3rd Wing commander said in the statement that the pilot is the Wing's main concern. "Right now, our top priority is to try to bring the pilot home safely," he said. "We will continue to search until we find our pilot. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this missing Airman."

A Pentagon spokesman said earlier today that he believes the F-22 Raptor in question has crashed.

The F-22 is the military's newest and most technologically advanced fighter. It's a one-man, stealth super cruiser designed for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The Air Force has 137 of them in its fleet.

The twin-engine F-22 Raptor entered service in the mid-2000s and arrived at Elmendorf in August 2007. It's far more maneuverable and stealthy than earlier jets and can cruise at more than 1 times the speed of sound without using its afterburner. Its top speed is confidential.

answered by Snow | 11-17-2010 at 08:24 PM

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