May 8-10, 2012 -- SPECIAL REPORT. Virginia Air National Guard pilots muzzled for getting too close to the military's deepest secrets
Virginia Air National Guard F-22 Raptor pilots Major Jeremy Gordon and Captain Joshua Wilson are facing the loss of their wings and punitive administrative reprisals for appearing on CBS 60 Minutes to discuss pilot safety issues with regard to the F-22's oxygen system.
The F-22 oxygen problem has already resulted in the death of Air Force Captain Jeff Haney when his F-22, manufactured by Lockheed-Martin and the most expensive jet fighter ever built at $395 million per plane, crashed during a training mission in Alaska in November 2010.
Lockheed Martin is loathe to discuss the problem with the F-22. Their contract with the Air Force to supply 200 F-22s is valued at a whopping $79 billion.
Pentagon and industry insiders have revealed to WMR that the "unknown" problem with the F-22 is the result of a fuel additive that has long been used by the U.S. and other military forces around the world.
The fuel additive in question is triorthocresyl phosphate or TCP.
Experts suspect the Pentagon has been covering up the TCP problem for decades.
TCP is also used in commercial aircraft and commercial pilots have blamed the additive for flight problems.
TCP can also result in neurological psychotic behavior by pilots and may have been a factor in the March mental breakdown of JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon, who, while flying at 35,000 feet, stormed out of the cockpit of his New York to Las Vegas aircraft and screamed to startled passengers that there was a bomb on the plane and they were going to crash.
The military and commercial airline industry has a history of covering up the true nature of such incidents to protect the secret about TCP.
Veterans of the Gulf War and the 2003 war against Saddam Hussein have long complained about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other health issues from combat duty in Iraq and the Gulf region. "Gulf War syndrome" has been chalked off to everything from the alleged release of nerve agents by Hussein and vaccines administered to troops to the use of insecticides and psychosomatic emotional issues.
WMR has been told that mechanics who serviced military vehicles that returned from Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom became mentally ill from the effects of TCP.
WMR has been told by insiders that the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick has conducted ethically-questionable TCP studies on human patients, some of which have resulted in deaths, and is treating the results of those studies as highly-classified information.
The military and Department of Veterans Affairs has been willing to relax the qualifications for PTSD disability payments in order to keep the TCP causes out of the public eye.
TCP is so toxic that when it was used in the late 1920s to adulterate "Ginger jake" moonshine during Prohibition, 30,000 people died from ingesting the substance.
One of the companies that has ensured that TCP remains a top secret is The Caryle Group. After buying United Defense, which relies on TCP for its military vehicles, Carlyle did not want to suffer litigation from the exposure of TCP as the cause for a number of military deaths and illnesses.
And it is not just the military and those who fly commercial planes who are at risk.
The 1999 crash of the Sunjet Learjet 35 that carried golfer Payne Stewart and three others on a flight from Orlando to Dallas may have also been caused by TCP vapors leaking into the cockpit and passenger cabin of the aircraft.
Virginia Air National Guard pilots Gordon and Wilson have hit the "third rail" of military and commercial secrets. If pilots and airline passengers, as well as those who operate military vehicles, understood the dangers involved with the fuel additive.
Further reading: The RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal December 2008.
source: Wayne Madsen Report Exclusive
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