The Air Force has lost its first Raptor.
Military investigators say the pilot ejected from the F-A-22 mid-afternoon Monday, just before it crashed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
The aircraft crashed around 3:45 p.m. as the pilot was taking-off.
A huge plume of black smoke hovered over the runway at the base. The pilot was taken to a nearby hospital. His identity was not made public.
This is the second fighter crash at Nellis in 6-weeks, but the first-ever involving an F-A-22.
Tyndall Air Force Base is the training home for raptor pilots.