KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) - A small circle of U.S. Air Force experts knew something was wrong with the prized F-22 stealth fighter years before problems with pilots' oxygen supplies became known. They recommended solutions, but the Air Force rejected them as too costly.
Internal documents and emails obtained by The Associated Press show that F-22 experts took it upon themselves to form a working group 10 years ago to address issues with the advanced aircraft. It proposed several changes that were rejected.
Now many of those recommendations are being adopted or considered after recent investigations echoed the working group's findings. The group's documents reveal that the Air Force missed an opportunity to fix the issues before they turned into high-profile problems for a jet that was being assailed in Congress as too expensive.
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