Posted by John McHale
MARIETTA, Ga., 15 Sept. 2010. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] continues to meet and exceed the production and delivery schedule for the F-22 Raptor, with 86 straight aircraft delivered on or ahead of schedule to the U.S. Air Force. To date, the company has delivered 166 production F-22s, including 13 this year, Lockheed Martin officials say. The F-22 is capable of simultaneously conducting air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions with near impunity. The aircraft is operational today, with two squadrons of F-22s are assigned to Air Combat Command's 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB, Va. And two squadrons are assigned to the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Raptor pilots and maintainers train at Tyndall AFB, Fla., while operational testing is conducted at Edwards AFB, Calif., and Nellis AFB, Nev. New F-22s will soon operate out of Holloman AFB, N.M., and Hickam AFB, Hawaii.