Thursday, October 19, 2006

Defense Tech: The First F-22 Rolls Off the Line

Via Technology News Daily.

Lockheed Martin rolled out the first combat-capable F-22 Raptor Oct. 16 destined for basing and operations in the Pacific Rim.

Raptor 5087 completed its final assembly, with Air Force leaders from Alaska and Lockheed Martin employees on hand to mark the event outside the production line in Marietta.

The F-22 Raptor is currently assigned to four bases across the United States. Testing is conducted at Edwards AFB, Calif. Tactics development is ongoing at Nellis AFB, Nev. A full squadron of Raptors is based at Tyndall AFB, Fla., for pilot and maintainer training. Operational F-22s at the 1st Fighter Wing are assigned to two squadrons at Langley AFB, Va.

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