No Retribution for F-22 Pilots

UNDATED (WIFR) -- Two U.S. Air Force pilots who stepped forward with safety concerns over the F-22 fighter jet, will not face retribution. The U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services came to that conclusion Tuesday night

Prior to its decision local Congressman Adam Kinzinger discussed the matter on 60 Minutes and Tuesday on CBS This Morning. Kinzinger is a former pilot in the air national guard.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger issued the following statement:

"I am extremely pleased to hear from Lieutenant General Janet Wolfenbarger that the Air Force will treat Major Jeremy Gordon and Captain Josh Wilson as whistle blowers and that no retribution will be taken against them as a result of their decision to step forward and express concerns over the F-22 program.

"Now is the time to press ahead toward the ultimate goal, which is to improve the F-22 program while continuing to ensure that pilots who feel uncomfortable flying the F-22 do not lose their wings."

"Unfortunately while working toward this goal, we have experienced push back on the number of items we have requested from the Air Force. In some cases they claim executive privilege while in other cases they claim the studies are proprietary. We are preparing to make the request again and for a few more items."

"Whether the Air Force chooses to comply or not, we need to see their response to in writing so we can figure out what the next step will be toward ultimately strengthening the F-22 program and protecting our military pilots."

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