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LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. --- F-22 Raptors here reached full operational capability Dec. 12, said Gen. John D.W. Corley, the commander of Air Combat Command. The announcement officially makes Langley's F-22 squadrons combat-ready.
FOC for the F-22 means the aircraft are now ready for global engagement, said Lt. Col. Mark Hansen, the Air Combat Command F-22 integration officer. "Crews are now (fully) organized, trained, equipped and ready for the joint fight," he said
The 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley was the first squadron to become operational with the F-22. Since the initial operational capability announcement in 2005, Raptors have been delivered to three additional squadrons, which, along with an Air National Guard associate unit and an Air Force Reserve associate unit, have truly made the Raptor a Total Force asset.
Originally posted by FredT
Thats not to say they have not been worked out but id be surprised if the USAF cuts any lose for Iraq operations. As mentioned a loss of one could cast negative impressions on the aircraft. The USAF does not want to rock the boat.
Originally posted by deltaboy
Well thats understandable, but sooner or later its gotta go down. Better to blame it on enemy fire than on accident don't you think?