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F-22 jet is grounded by huge swarm of bees

August 15, 2016 | Comment icon 8 comments

The swarm was carefully collected up and relocated. Image Credit: US Air Force
One of the world's most advanced stealth fighters was unable to take off recently due to a swarm of bees.
It might be a technological marvel, but for one of the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptors earlier this year it was bees - not enemy gunfire - that ultimately kept the aircraft firmly rooted to the tarmac.

The incident, which occurred at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, saw one of the stealth jets being grounded so that a large swarm of bees could be removed from its exhaust nozzle.

"I was shocked like everyone else because it looked like a cloud of thousands of bees, but I knew they wouldn’t sting anyone and were just looking for a new place to live," said Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Baskin, 192nd Maintenance Squadron crew chief.
It is believed that the bees, which numbered in the tens of thousands, may have originated from another, larger hive situated somewhere else on the base.

"Bee hives are constantly growing and they eventually become overcrowded," said Chief Master Sergeant Gregg Allen.

"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."

Source: New York Daily News | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by aquatus1 6 years ago
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Well... I'll bee danged.
Comment icon #3 Posted by aquatus1 6 years ago
Pallidin, long time no see, what's the buzz?
Comment icon #4 Posted by South Alabam 6 years ago
That would not really have grounded it, had it been an Interceptor on alert or something similar, they were just beeing sensitive.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Merc14 6 years ago
Happened to our mailbox once. Called a bee keeper, he found the queen and put her in his frame hive and the bees joined her
Comment icon #6 Posted by Gecks 6 years ago
How quickly do these bees move in? Or would the jet have been sitting unused for a period of time?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Farmer77 6 years ago
In minutes. They show up in an entire swarm all at once. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Merc14 6 years ago
Farmer is spot on, it just happens as you are watching.  I will ask that if this  happens to anyone here that you call a local bee keeper (they will be happy to help) rather than spray poison on these wonderful creatures.  They are having problems and we need all the bees we can get.   The bee keeper will  grab the Queen and all the others will follow (really cool to watch) and a new honey making hive will be born that pollinates acres of plants. 

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