17 Apr '18, 12am

Report: Air Force F-22 skids on its belly during botched takeoff

An F-22A Raptor from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson skidded on its belly during a botched takeoff at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada Friday, according to a report on The Drive . The 3rd Wing at Elmendorf, in Alaska, was unable to confirm details about the incident to Air Force Times. But The Drive reported Saturday that the mishap possibly took place when the Raptor was taking off and retracted its landing gear too early, causing it to slam down on the runway and skid to a stop. The pilot did not sustain major injuries, The Drive reported. The F-22 at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada being lifted off its belly by a crane. (Courtesy of Air Force amn/nco/snco) The unofficial Facebook page Air Force amn/nco/snco posted pictures of the mishap and quoted an unnamed source as saying the Raptor’s left engine flamed out during takeoff, and that the pilot raised the gear in t...

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