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Originally posted by craigandrew
A carrier optomised F-22 was ruled out early in the development programe. The required work had the potential to kill the program with cost blow outs
Journalists seem to have a hard time getting the facts straight, I don't know why this is.
Originally posted by bios
Originally posted by American Mad Man
Any one know how long it will be untill the first active service squadron of these things will be up and running?
I think there are already 25 Raptors in a training squadron - I forget which AFB they are at - today's delivery represnets the first delivery to a US Combat squadron. I hear delivery will probably accelerate around the first of the year.
The Nellis Raptors are very important in that they will develop the tactics by USAF Weapons School experts that will be used by all Raptor pilots and will continue to be further refined. Developing tactics for a plane that has stealth, supercruise, unmatched maneuverability/agility, and intergrated avionics is challenging and takes a lot of time.
Marietta Daily Journal: F/A-22 Takes Big Step Today
[Marietta Daily Journal, Oct. 27, 2004]
By Ross Willis
MDJ Business Editor
MARIETTA - Today, "Raptor 4041" rolls off the production line at Lockheed Martin Marietta.
Raptor 4041 is the first operation-ready F/A-22 Raptor fighter aircraft scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Air Force 1st Fighter Wing's 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
With $3.6 billion approved in the federal defense appropriations for the current 2005 fiscal year, and at about $130 million apiece, every milestone in the development of this historic fighter is cause for celebration - for both Air Force and Lockheed Martin officials.
Col. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Force 1st Fighter Wing Commander, will be on hand with staff from Langley to join Lockheed Martin officials for the rollout.
A second generation stealth fighter, the F/A-22 is the most technically advanced fighter ever built, fully capable of maintaining U.S. dominance in the world's skies through the first half of this century, according to Lockheed officials.
The first 40 Raptors built were sent for testing to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for tactical development to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and for training programs at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
Prior to its flight to Langley next spring, the Raptor with tail number 4041 will undergo a series of post-production modifications suggested by research at Edwards, Nellis and Tyndall, application of the "low observable" coatings for which stealth aircraft are known, and acceptance flights by both Lockheed Martin and U.S. Air Force pilots, according to Lockheed Martin spokesman Rob Fuller.
The military's purchase plans for the F/A-22 include 276 Raptors and extends through 2013.
Originally posted by roniii259
I think this is worng. The Lockheed Martin, Rapto, Boeing, and Air Force website do not mention anything about a delivery, Plus the people at Langely told me that it isnt there and that they wont be delivered till May.