Honey Bees Stop F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet

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The US made F-22 Raptor fighter jet known for tactical fights and wars was stopped by none other than a swarm of honey bees. Honey bees with the strength of some 20,000 strong swarmed the fighter plane.

The honey bees swarmed the exhaust nozzle of the F-22 Raptor following flight operations. Airmen from the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron were a confused lot as this has never happened on the flight line before.

Later the commanding officer, Captain Katie Chiarantona contacted on-base entomologist to look into the matter. He was recommended a local beekeeper, Navy Veteran Andy Westrich.

Westrich later vacuumed them out and relocated it to a nearby brewery who use honey to brew their beer. The brewery was not revealed, however, the US air force confirmed of the same.

Chief Master Sergeant Gregg Allen, the 192nd Maintenance Group's quality assurance chief, and an amateur beekeeper said, "The honey bees most likely came from a much larger bee hive somewhere else on base. Beehives are constantly growing and they eventually become overcrowded. Around springtime, the bees will make a new queen, scout for a new location and take half of the hive with them to that location."

Chiarantona added, "[Westrich] said that one out of two things could have happened, the queen would have rested and gained energy and the swarm would've left in the morning, or they would have decided that the jet engine would be a great place to build a hive,"

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Story first published: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 14:02 [IST]
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