U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor Experienced Landing Gear Collapses at Eglin Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor Experienced Landing Gear Collapses at Eglin Air Force Base

A USAF Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor, assigned to 325th Fighter Wing, experienced a mishap upon landing at Eglin Air Force Base (VPS/KVPS), Florida.

The left main landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to veer off the runway.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, and the pilot was transported for medical examination.

According to military officials, he was released from the hospital and is in good condition.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mishap is underway.

An unconfirmed photograph has been circulating on social media, claiming to show the aftermath of the event. In the photograph, an F-22 with partially collapsed landing gear can be seen beside a runway.  

However, the photograph appears to be from a similar incident in 2021, when another F-22 from the same Fighter Wing experienced a front landing gear failure while landing at Eglin. 

The Lockheed Martin F-22, which entered service in 2005, is the world’s first mass-produced fifth-generation fighter jet, as well as the first air superiority fighter to use stealth technology.  

Initially intended to replace the McDonnell Douglas F-15, the F-22 was deemed too expensive, and its production was ended in 2011. Only 195 aircraft of this model were manufactured, including prototypes. 

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