Below is the information we have obtained about the two crashes involving an F-22 and F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base in the past week. Information was confirmed by members of the public relations teams at Eglin Air Force Base.


F-35A Lightning II


— An F-35A Lightning II crashed about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.


— The pilot was assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing


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— The pilot safely ejected, according to the release, and was taken to the 96th Medical Group at the base for what the release calls "evaluation and monitoring."


— The pilot was participating in a routine night training sortie and crashed upon landing.


— There was no loss of life nor damage to civilian property as a result of the crash, according to the 33rd Fighter Wing.


— Prices for the individual aircraft have come down as the program has matured, with a current cost of about $80 million.



F-22 Raptor


— An F-22 Raptor crashed at 9:15 a.m. on Friday May 15, 2020.


— The crash occurred in a closed area of Eglin reservation about 12 miles northeast of the main base.


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— The pilot was assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron.


— The pilot, whose name has not been released, ejected safely from the aircraft and was taken to the Eglin AFB hospital. The pilot was the only person aboard the jet.


— The F-22 Raptor, part of the 325th Fighter Wing, was on a routine training mission with the 33rd Fighter Wing at the time of the crash


— The crashed plane was not part of a flyover scheduled for Friday morning to honor first responders and hospital personnel in Bay and Gulf counties for their work on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.


— The 325th Fighter Wing, to which the crashed F-22 belonged, was moved from Tyndall AFB to Eglin AFB as a result of 2018′s Hurricane Michael.


— There will be two investigations into the crash, a safety investigation and an accident investigation. The safety investigation, involving pilots, will consider the actual conduct of the flight. The accident investigation will comprise a "cross-disciplinary team" that will attempt to determine a cause for the crash.


— The Air Force lists 183 F-22s in its inventory and its cost at $143 million per plane.




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