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    Longitude bug hits F-22 fighter
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2007 Feb 27, 11:22 -0800

    The USAF's new F-22 ran into a nasty software bug over the Pacific when
    eight of these fighters were making the type's first deployment
    overseas. In the words of Major General (retired) Don Shepperd, CNN
    military consultant, "At the international date line, whoops, all
    systems dumped and when I say all systems, I mean all systems, their
    navigation, part of their communications, their fuel systems... they
    could have been in real trouble... they tried to reset their systems,
    couldn't get them reset. The tankers brought them back to Hawaii... They
    are on a 12 to 15-hour flight from Hawaii to Okinawa, but all their
    systems dumped. They needed help. Had they gotten separated from their
    tankers or had the weather been bad, they had no attitude reference.
    They had no communications or navigation. They would have turned around
    and probably could have found the Hawaiian Islands."
    (The relevant part is about halfway through the transcript, right after
    a commercial break.)
    Years ago, when I worked in the B-2 flight test program, I remember we
    did one flight across the Equator for the express purpose of verifying
    that nothing would go haywire in south latitudes. Can't remember if the
    same was done for east longitudes.
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