Fighter Jet Down in Calif. Desert

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2009 2:42 PM CDT
An Air Force F-22 Raptor takes off from Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An Air Force F-22 fighter jet has crashed in the California desert near Edwards Air Force Base, the Los Angeles Times reports. The $140 million aircraft was on a training mission when it crashed this morning, and the fate of the pilot is unknown. The F-22, a supersonic stealth jet, is a new model, and the Air Force plans to buy 183 of them, the AP adds.