Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Interesting software bug

I just happened to be reading about the F-22 Raptor because of a /. article about the F-117A Stealth Fighter Retired. This quote from the F-22 wikipedia article really caught my eye:
While attempting its first overseas deployment to the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, on 11 February 2007, a group of six Raptors flying from Hickam AFB experienced multiple computer crashes coincident with their crossing of the 180th meridian of longitude (the International Date Line). The computer failures included at least navigation (completely lost) and communication. The fighters were able to return to Hawaii by following their tankers in good weather. The error was fixed within 48 hours and the F-22s continued their journey to Kadena.[57]

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