The US Air Force employed its F-22 stealth fighter jets in combat for the very first time on September 22 during airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria, according to the Wall Street Journal. The sleek fighter jets are faster and can bomb targets from much greater distances than their predecessors, the F/A-18s and F-16s. “According to the Air Force,” reports the WSJ, “the F-22 can drop a 1,000-pound guided bomb from 15 miles away.”
Back in January 2013, Business Insider published an article on the multiple problems the F-22 has faced during its development. The list included “flaking, toxic stealth coating with equally toxic glue. International dateline software glitches. Pilots nearly passing out from lack of oxygen.” The article was titled The F-22 May Simply Be Too Much For Pilots To Handle.