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U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth jet suffers landing accident at Hawaii. Again.

An Alaskan Raptor suffered a landing accident at Hawaii.

A U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, belonging to the 3rd Wing from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, deployed to the Hawaii to take part in the Sentry Aloha exercise, had an incident landing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu on Jan. 14.

According to the few information available at the moment, the left main brake overheated and caught on fire after the Raptor landed on runway 08L.

HNL Rare Birds website published the image of the F-22 in fire suppressive foam: the runway remained closed for most of the day as maintenance personnel worked on the stealth jet.

According to the ATS website, it will take 30 days for a depot team to inspect the aircraft, and a decision to be made as to whether the aircraft is fixable.

F-22 mishap

Image above credit (click on the image to open it at full resolution): HNL RareBirds

This was not the first time a Raptor suffered a landing mishap at the Hawaii: an F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 199th Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, sustained 1.8 million USD in damage in a landing incident at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam, on Dec. 7, 2012.

Top image credit: Lockheed Martin


Video: The Pave Hawk's refueling probe point of view

A cool video, from a different angle, showing an HH-60G belonging to the 176th Wing of Alaska Air National Guard during Exercise Mojave Viper.

Helicopters belonging to the 210 RQS and 212 RQS from Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska, trained with the Marines at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twenty-Nine Palms, California.

Beware of EXIF when you upload images to Flickr: USAF photo caption says image was taken in 2012. Flickr says May 2009. USAF lied.

The following picture was uploaded few days ago on the official USAF Flickr photostream.

Here’s the caption (highlight mine):

An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter practices high-altitude landing operations March 14, 2012. The primary mission of the Pave Hawk is to conduct day or night personnel recovery operations into hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell)

By accident while was watching the image, my attention was caught by the date shown on the right hand column of the Flickr page, showing that the image was actually taken on May 5, 2009.

Since Flickr uses the EXIF data of the file to determine the date, I assumed that the image was taken in 2009, unless the camera date was set wrong.

Obviously, when I posted the following message to the The Aviationist Facebook page (and retweeted it on Twitter):

USAF caption says this photo was taken on Mar. 14, 2012. Flickr via Exif says May 2009. Who lied? http://bit.ly/GL1sZE

while many followers replied that Exifs are quite unreliable since date and time cand be mis-set on the camera, others affirmed that, although possible, it is quite uncommon that the date can be set wrong by professional photographers.

However the solution of this little mystery was given by Mark Brueschke, a follower of the FB page who lives in Alaska. Indeed, Mark noticed that the moon was in the wrong quarter for the period: on Mar. 14, 2012 the moon was in the last quarter, while the one depicted in the photo is between the first quarter and full moon, exactly how it should have been on May 5, 2009.

Furthermore the amount of show at elevation is not coherent with the one he saw in March on this year when there was snow on all elevations above 100 m.

So the image was really taken in 2009.

Ok, we’ve proved the USAF lied, but it’s no big deal. Maybe they just needed an image to be uploaded on Flickr and, since the one taken in May 2009 was not previously used, they uploaded it.

However this episode should remind everybody the risk of using digital technologies which embed so many information that can be exploited in various ways.

Few days ago Helihub published an article about four Apaches lost in 2007 thanks to the smartphone geotagging.

In few words, in Iraq, insurgents were able to determine the exact location of AH-64 Apache helicopters and successfully attack them because some soldiers had taken pictures on the flightline and uploaded them (including geotagging data) to the Internet.