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Air Force whistle-blowers to get protection
Air Force pilots who blew whistle on F-22 problems will be protected
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Air Force officials say there will be no actions taken against two whistle-blower pilots who complained about problems with the F-22 fighter jet, including comments made during a recent "60 Minutes" television interview.

Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday the pilots would get whistle-blower protections.

Because the pilots are members of the Virginia Air Guard, the decision was formally announced by the Guard.



Col. Thomas K. Wark, commander of the Virginia Air Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing, said there would be no disciplinary or administrative actions taken against the pilots.

The pilots spoke out about oxygen-deficit problems with the stealth fighter, which have resulted in pilot dizziness, blackouts and other hypoxia-like symptoms. The Air Force continues to review the problems.


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