Sen. Warner, Rep. Kinzinger Pleased with Sec’y. Panetta’s Order on F-22 Raptor Oxygen Issue

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…

Following meeting with Air Force officials, bipartisan duo says more work to be done

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-11) today held a media conference call following the Pentagon’s announcement on the F-22 Raptor. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta today instructed the Air Force to restrict F-22 flight activities, and to work with NASA and the Navy to find solutions to F-22 oxygen-deprivation issues; a direct result from Sen. Warner and Rep. Kinzinger’s continued pressure on the Secretary of the Air Force to take these actions.

In the conference call, Sen. Warner and Rep. Kinzinger explained that while they are pleased with the progress made so far, there is more work to be done to ensure the safety of the pilots and to strengthen the F-22 Raptor program:

“Secretary Panetta’s actions are a strong start, but I remain disappointed in the response of the Air Force so far,” Sen. Warner said. “The safety of these pilots and our military communities is paramount, and it is imperative that the Air Force allows pilots and flight surgeons to express their views without a threat of reprisals. We also need to reach out to a broader array of expertise in order to fix this aircraft.”

“The F-22 Raptor is essential to a strong national defense in this country,” Rep. Kinzinger said. “However, we must ensure this program is running at 100 percent and at this time, it is not. Senator Warner and I have grave concerns over the condition of the F-22 and are committed to making sure these pilots are safe and free from retribution. After today’s briefing, I am hopeful that the Air Force will work with us to resolve this issue expeditiously.”

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's and,,,,, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. Warner is also the editor of the Midwest Editor for He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson
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