Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptors to fly again

Published: Sep. 21, 2011 at 7:43 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The public may hear a familiar roar again in Hawaii's skies.

The F-22 Raptors belonging to the Hawaii Air National Guard are scheduled to take flight Wednesday for the first time since the entire fleet was grounded back in May.

The first flights are scheduled to take place in the morning and afternoon.

The planes were grounded over safety concerns after 12 pilots since 2008 reported Hypoxia-like symptoms, indicating they may not have been receiving enough oxygen.

Officials did not explain why the fleet has been cleared to fly again, but said the life support systems on each jet will undergo an "extensive inspection" before getting the approval to take flight.

According to our media partners at the Star-Advertiser, the Hawaii Air National Guard has seven of the jets. The grounding delayed the arrival of an additional 13 Raptors slated to come to Hawaii.

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