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Lockheed Martin Delivers 100th F-22 Raptor Air Dominance Fighter to The U.S. Air Force
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Posted on 08/29/2007 10:57:09 AM PDT by CholeraJoe

MARIETTA, Ga., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News) formally delivered the 100th F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter to the U.S. Air Force in ceremonies here today. The milestone aircraft (Air Force serial number 05-0100) will be assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

"The F-22 is a testament to the skills of engineers and technicians from more than 1,000 companies across America," said Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President and F-22 Program General Manager Larry Lawson. "This delivery marks a significant milestone for the U.S. Air Force and the F-22 program. The Raptor is providing top cover for America and our allies. We have developed the most capable fighter in the world, which is exactly what the men and women defending us deserve."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aviation; f22; f22raptor; lockheedmartin; usaf
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1 posted on 08/29/2007 10:57:12 AM PDT by CholeraJoe
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To: Aeronaut; Paleo Conservative; VRWCmember

Ping.


2 posted on 08/29/2007 10:57:54 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Is the lion burning?")
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To: CholeraJoe

How much for a 10 minute ride?


3 posted on 08/29/2007 11:00:01 AM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: wastedyears

Probably more than I’ve got. I touched a side of body panel for a Raptor at the factory and it was a life changing experience.


4 posted on 08/29/2007 11:01:47 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Is the lion burning?")
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To: CholeraJoe

A great “testament” to our engineering departments across the country. Perfect proof of what we can do in the United States if we really want to. I’m waiting for the F-35.


5 posted on 08/29/2007 11:01:50 AM PDT by RC2
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To: CholeraJoe

It is a great fighter, but probably far and away overkill compared to whatever might be it’s closest competitor any other country has to offer. Additionally, it seems that unmanned aircraft is the future.


6 posted on 08/29/2007 11:02:08 AM PDT by Obadiah (Nothing says, "Get off my lawn" like the inscription of a claymore - THIS SIDE TOWARDS THE ENEMY.)
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To: CholeraJoe
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7 posted on 08/29/2007 11:03:57 AM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: Obadiah

Nothing is ‘overkill’ when it comes to defending our country.


8 posted on 08/29/2007 11:05:14 AM PDT by casino66
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To: CholeraJoe

What makes it go from an air superiority to an “Air Dominance” fighter?

Did the USAF check the “minidress, fishnets, whips and chains” option on the order card?


9 posted on 08/29/2007 11:06:14 AM PDT by Rinnwald ( Master of Triple-tap Double-action-fu)
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To: casino66
Nothing is ‘overkill’ when it comes to defending our country.

Nice motto for the Lockheed Martin boardroom. ;)

10 posted on 08/29/2007 11:07:19 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: RC2
My friend who was a project manager for some key parts to the Raptor was recently reassigned to manage her company's parts for the F-35. I've seen some of them under construction at their factory.

I don't know what they are but it involves turning lumps of titanium into airplane parts on milling machines the size of double-wides.

11 posted on 08/29/2007 11:08:19 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Is the lion burning?")
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To: CholeraJoe

So, when are the active ones gonna go “clubbing baby seals”?


12 posted on 08/29/2007 11:18:56 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: CholeraJoe

And American poured Titanium per the Berry Amendment.


13 posted on 08/29/2007 11:19:26 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: Rinnwald
Did the USAF check the “minidress, fishnets, whips and chains” option on the order card?

Yeah, and the neck tattoos.

14 posted on 08/29/2007 11:19:38 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Is the lion burning?")
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To: Obadiah

Given its life expectancy is going to be 20-25 years, there is on such thing as overengineering up front. Lets not forget the B52 has been in service since 1955.


15 posted on 08/29/2007 11:24:30 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Obadiah

Since we’re building less than 300 of them, we need all the overkill we can get.

May have to pair it with F-15Cs to get more missiles out there.


16 posted on 08/29/2007 11:40:33 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

We pair them with F-35s. They can share targeting information and even divy up targets via data link.


17 posted on 08/29/2007 12:05:34 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Yo-Yo
We pair them with F-35s. They can share targeting information and even divy up targets via data link.

How many F-35s are we building?

18 posted on 08/29/2007 12:08:41 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Yo-Yo
You mean, "We will pair them with F-35s".

In about ten years.

Right now, there's only these 100 F-22s and a large number of F-15Cs, and China ain't gonna wait ;)
19 posted on 08/29/2007 12:09:43 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Bon mots
How many F-35s are we building?

Just like the F-22, we are building thousands and thousands, until the bill comes due and congress decides that we can get along with about 2 dozen...

20 posted on 08/29/2007 12:21:56 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Obadiah

“It is a great fighter, but probably far and away overkill compared to whatever might be it’s closest competitor any other country has to offer.”

Not really - the F-15 which it’s replacing was becoming increasingly vulnerable to the MIG-31 and similar aircraft. The F-22 should give us at least another 20 years of air superiority. One has to plan for the future, programs like this take many years to produce a product.

“Additionally, it seems that unmanned aircraft is the future.”

Indeed, but there will need to be humans at the scene from a judgement perspective. I could see every F-22 being accompanied by several high performance autonomous ‘shooters’, which could tasked in real time during a mission.

The F-22 is absolutely a necessary program, and one that’s paying off handsomely. F-22s might be some of the first aircraft entering Iranian airspace in the not-so-distant future.


21 posted on 08/29/2007 12:23:27 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty
F-22s might be some of the first aircraft entering Iranian airspace in the not-so-distant future.

Let us hope.

22 posted on 08/29/2007 12:29:38 PM PDT by Obadiah (Nothing says, "Get off my lawn" like the inscription of a claymore - THIS SIDE TOWARDS THE ENEMY.)
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To: CholeraJoe

I got up close to one that was leaving final assembly to go to be painted. It was amazing. The thing that really struck me was the fact that the vertical tail fins are almost identically the same size and shape of the WING of the F-16. It is an incredible plane.


23 posted on 08/29/2007 12:38:15 PM PDT by VRWCmember (Fred Thompson 2008! Taking America Back for Conservatives!)
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To: PreciousLiberty


The Mig I-2000 fighter is past the drawing stage and into production of a prototype. It is on the fast track.
24 posted on 08/29/2007 12:39:10 PM PDT by Sundog (It's a good day for a catharsis.)
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To: Sundog

Apparently this is the F-35 competition, not the F-22.


25 posted on 08/29/2007 12:55:27 PM PDT by Sundog (It's a good day for a catharsis.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Not even that.
We’re building less than 300 F-22s.


26 posted on 08/29/2007 12:59:51 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Sundog; CholeraJoe
This Forum....says Iran is working on the Mig I-2000 in a modified version:

Replacement for MiG-29?
The MiG I-2000, which is being devleoped in a modified version by iran.

27 posted on 08/29/2007 1:01:03 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Granddaughters!!!)
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To: All
Related thread:

Old is New Again for Military Manufacturing

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Related, Iran announced earlier this month that it will begin production on a new line of fighter jets to upgrade the old fleet, “much of which dates before the 1979 revolution,” AP further reported.

28 posted on 08/29/2007 1:04:58 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Granddaughters!!!)
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To: Sundog

That MIG looks like a Raptorski.


29 posted on 08/29/2007 1:13:15 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

I went googling for “Mig I-2000” and it looks like something Iranian funded, somewhat, Soviet cancelled, mostly, then revived to make for a cheap, exportable, affordable 3d world fighter to compete with the F-35.

MIG indicates they have an F-22 style true 5th generation fighter in development, but nothing built or in the air yet. This is not the MIG 1.42 Raptor Killer (MIG MFI).

Iran seems to be spending themselves into the ground, and the Russians are keen as hell to get out of their 2nd place position building aircraft, so who knows.

Here is a link to someone who is awfully damn sure the Raptor will be toast to whatever the Russians come up with next. This page is about 2 years old.

http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/military-aviation/4576-mig-1-42-mfi-raptor-killer-f-22-slayer.html


30 posted on 08/29/2007 2:24:53 PM PDT by Sundog (It's a good day for a catharsis.)
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To: Sundog; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Iran hardly has the ability to build or finance a 4th generation aircraft,let alone toy about with a supposed 5th gen. aircraft.Which is why they are still cranking out F-5 clones.

The only 5th generation fighter project which seems to be happening in Russia & is being funded is one being pursued by the Sukhoi design bureau,which may or may not have Indian cooperation.The Mig bureau had a 5th gen design Project 1.44,which actually flew,but has since essentially been wound up.


31 posted on 08/30/2007 12:43:47 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
MIG indicates they have an F-22 style true 5th generation fighter in development, but nothing built or in the air yet. This is not the MIG 1.42 Raptor Killer (MIG MFI).

Vaporware...Yeah, so do I.

32 posted on 09/02/2007 1:20:41 PM PDT by Red Steel
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