Exclusive: Family Demands Truth in Air Force F-22 Pilot's Death


Experts, Pentagon Watchdog, Other Pilots All Question Air Force Crash Findings

There are also pointed questions from critics at home surrounding the Air Force's ruling on Haney's crash and whether the service is protecting the fighter program over its pilots.

Just a month after the Air Force's report was made public, the Pentagon Inspector General alerted the Air Force that it would be reviewing the Air Force's investigation -- the first such major crash investigation review conducted by the Pentagon Inspector General since the mid-1990s.

Pierre Sprey, an early fighter jet designer and vocal critic of the F-22, said he has major problems with the Air Force's report.

"From front to back, they're warping every fact you see in that thing, to make sure they will call it pilot error and not to blame Lockheed or not to blame the Air Force or the airplane," Sprey told ABC News. "Here you have a superb pilot and an airplane that wasn't designed to take care of him. And now they're blaming it on him and he shouldn't have died in the first placeā€¦ The priorities are hardware first, people second."

Steve Ganyard, an ABC News consultant and former U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot, said that after watching an Air Force computer simulation of the crash obtained by ABC News, he believes Haney was unconscious at least part of the time.

Flight data reflected in the simulation video shows that before the crash, for a period of 15 seconds straight, Haney virtually does not make any movements at the controls, all the while rocketing nearly straight down towards the ground. Haney did apparently try to pull up at the last moment, but it was too late.

"He wasn't touching any of the controls and just continuing to go at the ground at almost 700, 800 miles per hour," Ganyard said. "I think that [the Air Force's] conclusions are debatable at the very least... I just cannot believe that this pilot, as good as he is, knowing that the airplane is in an extreme position, is still conscious."

That was the conclusion that two pilots in Haney's squadron in Alaska -- including one that was flying another plane during Haney's fateful last mission -- came to well before the Air Force completed their investigation.

"The only thing I can come up with is by all indications, he was full up and, no kidding, a minute later he flew the jet in the ground nearly straight down," Haney's squadron commander told Air Force investigators, according to an extended version of the Air Force investigation report obtained by ABC News through a Freedom of Information Act request. "And the only thing that makes sense to me in that situation -- without a radio call -- is that he was somehow incapacitated."

"As far as I can think, there was definitely something that made him incapacitated at some point. I just can't think of what," said the pilot who was on the training mission.

The extended report also showed that Haney was an exceptional pilot, spoken of in glowing terms by fellow pilots and superiors alike.

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