More F-22 scares prompt new calls for action. In a recent visit by Senator Bill Nelson, he updated the Bay County Chamber of Commerce of the underlying problems plaguing the stealth fighter.
Nelson told news 13 that less than a week ago; an F-22 had to make an emergency landing near Pearl Harbor because of problems with the pressurized vests. The vests emerged as possible cause of the oxygen problems and the air force asked pilots not to use them, but problems still arose since then.
"They're investigating now to see if that was oxygen related and if so, there's another source to the problem. We'll get it corrected. It's not the question of the flying machine. This is an ancillary issue but you got to get oxygen to your pilots so he can perform." Nelson says.
According to the USA Today, lawmakers asked the Air Force to provide them with an update within 30 days on all F-22 incidents. They also want details on a recent 19 million dollar contract awarded to Lockheed Martin for the installation of an automatic oxygen supply system.