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Image: U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Ben Bloker

The U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor fighter jets have been cleared for takeoff after a government safety investigation grounded the entire fleet for more than four months.

The Air Force said that all 170 F-22s will be inspected before flight operations resume. The fleet was put out of service May 3 after a dozen incidents since April 2008 in which pilots’ oxygen was cut off.

It is the latest issue for the F-22, which cost an estimated $412 million each, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s latest report, and have not been used in combat since entering service in 2005.

Source: W.J. Hennigan for the Los Angeles Times.

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