The planes, which cost the government a total of $77.4 billion for over 180 planes, have yet to be used in combat from Iraq and Afghanistan to Libya even though they were declared combat ready in late 2005. Though the Air Force has said they were simply not an operational necessity, since at least 2008 the planes have also suffered from a mysterious, recurring problem apparently stemming from the oxygen system in which several pilots have reported experiencing “hypoxia-like symptoms” in mid-air.
A Lockheed Martin spokesperson told ABC News they “do not agree” with the allegations in the suit.
“The loss of the pilot and aircraft in November 2010 was a tragic event and we sympathize with the family for their loss. We are aware that a complaint that makes a variety of claims associated with the accident has been filed… We do not agree with those allegations and we will respond to them through the appropriate legal process,” the spokesperson said.