What a $150 million cooked bird looks like

Happy almost Thanksgiving to Killer Apps’ U.S. readers. We couldn’t resist making a cooked bird reference with this picture showing the remains of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor that crashed just after takeoff at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida last week. The pilot ejected safely and is working with investigators to help determine ...

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Happy almost Thanksgiving to Killer Apps' U.S. readers. We couldn't resist making a cooked bird reference with this picture showing the remains of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor that crashed just after takeoff at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida last week.

The pilot ejected safely and is working with investigators to help determine the cause of the crash of the roughly $150 million stealth jet (that price tag can go a little lower or a lot higher depending on what figures you look at).

It's worth noting that Tyndall is the service's F-22 schoolhouse, meaning it's where new pilots learn to fly the jet. (Keep in mind there's no two-seat trainer version of the Raptor as there is with older fighters like the F-16 and F-15. Budding F-22 jocks fly other high-end fighters like F-16s and then Raptor simulators before taking their first flight in an F-22 all by themselves.)

Happy almost Thanksgiving to Killer Apps’ U.S. readers. We couldn’t resist making a cooked bird reference with this picture showing the remains of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor that crashed just after takeoff at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida last week.

The pilot ejected safely and is working with investigators to help determine the cause of the crash of the roughly $150 million stealth jet (that price tag can go a little lower or a lot higher depending on what figures you look at).

It’s worth noting that Tyndall is the service’s F-22 schoolhouse, meaning it’s where new pilots learn to fly the jet. (Keep in mind there’s no two-seat trainer version of the Raptor as there is with older fighters like the F-16 and F-15. Budding F-22 jocks fly other high-end fighters like F-16s and then Raptor simulators before taking their first flight in an F-22 all by themselves.)

This isn’t Tyndall’s first F-22 loss this year. On May 31, a student pilot on his second-ever F-22 flight failed to push the throttle to 100 percent power while doing touch-and-go training over one of Tyndall’s runways. This meant the plane didn’t have enough power to accelerate back into a climb after executing a mock landing. The plane "settled" onto the runway with its landing gear up, causing $35 million worth of damage to the jet. The pilot of that plane walked away with minor injuries, according to the Air Force.

We’re not even going to go into the jet’s oxygen-related woes.

John Reed is a national security reporter for Foreign Policy. He comes to FP after editing Military.com’s publication Defense Tech and working as the associate editor of DoDBuzz. Between 2007 and 2010, he covered major trends in military aviation and the defense industry around the world for Defense News and Inside the Air Force. Before moving to Washington in August 2007, Reed worked in corporate sales and business development for a Swedish IT firm, The Meltwater Group in Mountain View CA, and Philadelphia, PA. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter at the Tracy Press and the Scotts Valley Press-Banner newspapers in California. His first story as a professional reporter involved chasing escaped emus around California’s central valley with Mexican cowboys armed with lassos and local police armed with shotguns. Luckily for the giant birds, the cowboys caught them first and the emus were ok. A New England native, Reed graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in international affairs and history.

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