Final Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor jet fighter delivered to Air Force

F-22 RaptorMARIETTA, Ga., 4 May 2012. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] leadership delivered the 195th, and last, F-22 Raptor to the U.S. Air Force.

This final Raptor joins the U.S. Air Force fleet of 187 operational F-22s and will join other F-22s in the Air Force's 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. In all, Lockheed Martin has delivered 195 F-22s to the Air Force beginning in 1997, with eight Raptors used as test aircraft.

The F-22 Raptor is a fifth generation fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. Designed as an air superiority aircraft, the F-22 Raptor is capable of conducting electronic warfare and performing air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. All F-22s feature Pratt & Whitney F119 engines that allow them to achieve speeds greater than Mach 1.5 without afterburners.


F-22s are assigned to seven U.S. bases. Operational F-22 aircraft are assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Holloman AFB, N. M.; and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Flight testing takes place at Edwards AFB, Calif., Operational tactics development continues at Nellis AFB, Nev. Pilot training takes place at Tyndall AFB, Fla.


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