U.S. Navy Instructors Protest Oxygen Issues
Late last week, over U.S. Navy instructor pilots announced a boycott to protest an ongoing problem with their jets’ oxygen systems. The pilots do not feel safe flying the aircraft and some have even said the oxygen is poisonous.
Fox News reports:
“More than 100 Navy instructor pilots have refused to fly since late last week to protest what they say is a problem with their Jet’s oxygen system. Multiple instructors tell Fox News poison has infected the air they breathe. Because of that, they say they are grounding hundreds of training sites across three bases in the United States (Kingsville TX, Meridian MS, Pensacola FL).
“Among the hundreds of student pilots effected, at McCain Field in in Meridian Mississippi is Marine First Lieutenant Michael Pence, son of the Vice President, raising alarms of the Pentagon’s top ranks.”
Major Problem Over Last Five Years
According to The Washington Examiner:
“Senior naval aviators testified before Congress last week that physiological problems, some resulting from issues with the oxygen system, have quadrupled on the T-45 training jet in the past five years.
“Navy officials said they plan to order more advanced hydrocarbon sensors, which are able to be analyzed on site, allowing the investigation to take place quickly.”
Lack Of Oxygen Ongoing Problem
Fighter Sweep reports this lack of oxygen happens regularly:
The third time the high-pitched alarm rang “deedle deedle” in the Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet’s cockpit, it was clear that something with the air flowing into their regulators had gone horribly wrong. “That’s when I realize my lips were tingling, my fingers are tingling, and I’m like, ‘S—, man, something’s wrong,’ ” a Navy pilot recalled. “And the guy in the back’s like, ‘Hey, dude! My fingers are blue!’ ”
“They had just taken off from Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., when they recognized the blurred judgment and delayed reflexes caused by a lack of oxygen. Suddenly the pilot had to figure out how to land the $65 million jet on a cloudy day, in a rocky stretch of Nevada where mountains peak at 6,000 feet.”