Sunday, August 14, 2016

Air Force Raptor Defeated By Bees?

Swarm of 20,000 Bees Grounds U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor in Virginia
AUGUST 12, 2016

According to Westrich, the queen likely landed on the F-22 to rest, and since honey bees do not leave the queen, they swarmed around the jet and eventually collected there.
The US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor may be the most advanced fighter jet in the world but even with $143 million-worth of stealth and supersonic capabilities, it proved to be no match for one unlikely adversary — a huge swarm of honey bees.

A huge swarm of bees grounded an F-22 Raptor in Virginia. 
(Credit: Master Sgt. Carlos Claudio/USAF)
An F-22 aircraft from the 192nd Air Wing was temporarily grounded on June 11 after crew members at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia discovered nearly 20,000 bees hanging from the jet’s exhaust nozzle following flight operations.

“I was shocked like everyone else because it looked like a cloud of thousands of bees,” said Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Baskin, 192nd Maintenance Squadron crew chief, in an Air Force press release.
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