On Sunday May 6, few hours ahead of CBS 60 Minutes featuring an interview with two F-22 pilots who have asked not to fly the Raptor fighter jet because of the hypoxia symptoms experienced with the fifth generation stealth fighter, Lockheed Martin launched a campaign to promote the Raptor on Twitter and Flickr.
Here’s the series of six “promotional messages” tweeted by the Lockheed Martin official account:
@LockheedMartin: On May 2, we delivered the last F-22 to @usairforce completing the only 5th gen stealth fighter fleet in the world: http://ow.ly/aJwYA
@LockheedMartin: F-22 deters and defeats threats in denied-access areas and ensures regional and global security/stability: http://ow.ly/aJx5E @aviationweek
@LockheedMartin: F-22 redefines air dominance by combining stealth, speed, agility and 360-degree battlespace awareness: http://ow.ly/aJxEL
@LockheedMartin: F-22 is only fighter capable of simultaneously conducting air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions with impunity: http://ow.ly/aJy0n
@LockheedMartin: Did you know that F-22 supercruise speeds are greater than Mach 1.5 without afterburners? http://ow.ly/aJy6G
@LockheedMartin: F-22 enables complete control of skies for uncontested operation of 4th gen fleet, coalition forces and ground troops: http://ow.ly/aJyat
Although none mentioned the problems with the oxygen system, the timing of tweet sequence leaves no room for doubt.
At the same time the company’s Flickr photostream, usually focused on the F-35, saw the appearance of many new pictures of the last F-22 delivered to the U.S. Air Force.
As done by Northrop Grumman, that tried to reverse Pentagon’s decision to cancel the Global Hawk Block 30 program with the help of Twitter, Lockheed Martin has entrusted tweets (along with images on Flickr) to claim some of the Raptor’s unmatched capabilities and performance.
Obviously, without tackling the debated safety issues.
- Lockheed Martin’s picture of the final F-22 Raptor. Taken with a (costly) Hasselblad H4D super-high definition camera. (theaviationist.com)
- DeMotivational Poster: the future of China’s most advanced stealth fighter. Downed by Lockheed Martin’s 6th generation combat plane (theaviationist.com)
- “Risk must be balanced with the requirement for the capability” Air Combat Command chief still confident in F-22 says (theaviationist.com)
- 482 such planes have crashed in 30 years. There is someone risking a lot more than F-22 pilots. (theaviationist.com)
- Photo: U.S. F-22 Raptors landing at Moron airbase, Spain, on their way to the Persian Gulf. (theaviationist.com)
- Two F-22 pilots make public outing: “not comfortable” flying the Raptor right now (theaviationist.com)
This is a public release from Honeywell touting the superiority of their OBOGS which is used on the F-22 and, more recently, the F-35.
Here is an quote from the Pentagon spokesman for the F-35 program from May. 10, 2011:
“The F-35 and F-22 have common aircraft and oxygen system suppliers; but the systems are very different. The program has leveraged the lessons learned from F-22 development to enhance the F-35 across all subsystems, including the Onboard Oxygen Generating System,” said F-35 program office spokesman Joe DellaVedova.
This is interesting, as I understand that as of this week no issues have been identified in the F-22 OBOGS which makes it rather difficult to learn and leverage from those findings.
It reminds me J.Broughton’s fight against F-106 “killer seats”