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Trump’s Favorite Fighter Jet Keeps Starving Pilots of Oxygen

  • Navy still has no solution to recurring ‘physiological events’
  • Trump favors Boeing’s Super Hornet over Lockheed’s F-35C
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Trump Looking at Big Boeing F-18 Super Hornet Order

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As President Donald Trump pushes for the Pentagon to buy more of Boeing Co.’s F-18 aircraft, the U.S. Navy is grappling with an escalating problem: Pilots suffering potentially dangerous oxygen deprivation or a loss of cabin pressure in the fighter jets.

All F-18 models, including the Super Hornet that Trump has championed, have shown steady annual increases in what the Navy calls “physiological episodes,” according to service testimony obtained by Bloomberg News. What’s more, the data show that incidents of oxygen deprivation and cabin decompression have escalated in the last year, while service officials work to determine the root cause of the in-flight problems.