Pilot trapped in F-22 cockpit after canopy failure

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Pilot trapped in F-22 cockpit after canopy failure

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A pilot was trapped in an F-22 cockpit for five hours on April 10th after the canopy failed to open. Several attempts to open the canopy failed, and ultimately the canopy was cut by fire department personnel.

The F-22A Raptor is the U.S. Air Force's newest, most expensive, and most capable aircraft ever, but sometimes even the best have a bad day. On 10 April 06 at approximately 08.15h aircraft 03-041 had a Red Ball for a canopy unlock indication during pre-flight checks. Attempts to clear the problems by cycling the canopy failed. After the final cycling of the canopy, it remained down and locked position, trapping the pilot in the cockpit. The aircraft subsequently ground aborted.

The 27th AMU consulted Lockheed Martin and the F-22A System Program Office to determine alternate methods to open the canopy and extract the pilot. However, all attempts by maintenance personnel to open the canopy failed.

After all maintenance options were exhausted, the canopy was cut by the fire department and the pilot was freed from the cockpit at approximately 13.15h. the cause of the problem is currently being investigated. Replacement cost of the canopy will be $182,205.
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Rescuers were forced to cut the canopy on F-22 03-041 to extract the pilot after the canopy failed to open by any other means.
Rescuers were forced to cut the canopy on F-22 03-041 to extract the pilot after the canopy failed to open by any other means.
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Tape lines have been added to the canopy of F-22 03-041 to guide rescuers in cutting the canopy to free the trapped pilot.
Tape lines have been added to the canopy of F-22 03-041 to guide rescuers in cutting the canopy to free the trapped pilot.
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The pilot of F-22 03-041 on April 10, 2006 awaiting rescue from the cockpit.
The pilot of F-22 03-041 on April 10, 2006 awaiting rescue from the cockpit.
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Re: Pilot trapped in F-22 cockpit after canopy failure

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Debris littered the cockpit of F-22 Raptor 03-041 after maintenance personnel were forced to cut the canopy to free the trapped pilot.
Debris littered the cockpit of F-22 Raptor 03-041 after maintenance personnel were forced to cut the canopy to free the trapped pilot.
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Debris littered the cockpit of F-22 Raptor 03-041 after maintence personnel were forced to cut the canopy to free the trapped pilot.
Debris littered the cockpit of F-22 Raptor 03-041 after maintence personnel were forced to cut the canopy to free the trapped pilot.
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Rescuers extract the pilot of F-22A Raptor 03-4041 after cutting the canopy. The canopy was only cut as a last resort after all other options were exhausted.
Rescuers extract the pilot of F-22A Raptor 03-4041 after cutting the canopy. The canopy was only cut as a last resort after all other options were exhausted.
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Re: Pilot trapped in F-22 cockpit after canopy failure

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Was it still under warranty?

How embarrassing must that be for the manufacturers!
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Re: Pilot trapped in F-22 cockpit after canopy failure

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Think it came with a five mile warranty and a free big mc lol

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