Skip to comments.Lockheed Martin Rolls Out Final F-22 Raptor
Posted on 12/13/2011 11:28:39 AM PST by NormsRevenge
MARIETTA, Ga. , Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The final Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News) F-22 Raptor rolled off the assembly line here today and was commemorated with a ceremony recognizing contributions from thousands of people associated with the design and construction of the Raptor fleet.
This F-22 Raptor (Lockheed Martin tail number 4195) now moves into production flight check and will deliver to the U.S. Air Force in 2012, completing the operational fleet at 187 jets.
"This event honors the many men and women of Team Raptor who have taken this plane from concept to reality," said Jeff Babione , vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin's F-22 program. "For the last 17 years, regardless of the challenges, they always remained singularly focused, delivering the world's greatest fighter. Each Raptor from the first jet to last jet is a reflection of the dedication, hard work and professionalism of our workforce."
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F-35 or Bust, Baby!!
That’s going to be a terrible waste to shut down that production line.Its not like the Air Force doesn’t need that Aircraft.
Obama is a damn fool.
Keep the construction line in place, and the phone numbers of all the folks you lay off. January 2013 is rapidly approaching, and we need more of this aircraft.
The F35 may pan out. At the present, I’m not convinced of it.
We need a new aircraft, and the F22 is the go to unit.
Obama certainly is a fool. Though, Obama wasn’t the one responsible for the horrific cuts in production. This was done by our former President and our wonderful Congress, RINO ball-less legislators included. He WOULD have cut them, but he didn’t have to - it was done for him.
Certainly Australia, Japan, and South Korea should have been allowed to buy them and keep the line open.
But of course as the last bird rolls out most of the line has already been shut for months, is probably already half dissembled, and even if it wasn’t supplier lead times would mean years before new ones could be produced.
Last week I visited the museum of aviation in Warner Robins GA. They have an SR 71. Fantastic visit. http://www.museumofaviation.org/
Has obama FED-EX’d it to the chicoms yet?
And we pay these guys big bucks for ?????????
The sad reality is this happens all the time to DoD contractors. You need to keep earning a pay check to keep your household going. The layoffs come, the staff finds new employment elsewhere. When the dimwits discover they shouldn't have laid off the staff, it's too late. The "corporate memory" and subject matter experts are gone. Trying to rebuild requires recruiting, getting clearances updated and retraining the staff to get back to where you were when the layoffs hit. It's a massive loss of time, money and ability to act in a timely fashion. On rare occasions you are successful in "clawing back" the original staff to stand the project up again.
Lockheed, also, had the Marine 1 contract pulled. Dems are notorious for eliminating defense budgets. Where do they think wealth comes from? It comes from developing the high tech and producing it. They cut it all and wonder where all the money went. Then we start from scratch again. This president didn’t stop there though, he went after NASA as well. Busy boy our ‘bams.
didn’t mcpain play a pivotal role in getting this thing shut down???
I agree that those negative pressures do exist, and would undoubtedly cause hick-ups. None the less, you hope to get back enough of the original knowledge base so others can be brought up to speed quickly and the project completed.
I don’t view your comments as adversarial. I appreciate you bringing up this aspect of the effort.
It sure burns my ass to see the Republican Congress not protect this assembly line.
We must have a follow on to the current fleet of aircraft. Drones are nice, but there will be a need for manned aircraft too.
Well he certainly had his mouth wagging negatively about it.
This guy has f-d us more times than our worst foreign enemies.
The Navy kept adding requirements to the helos to the point that it was just too damn heavy to fly.
F22 is the new F15, F35 is the new F16/F117.
Different roles with complementary capabilities, not the same missions though.
As a former Naval Aviator.. I find single engine aircraft difficult to make the ship in an engine out situation.
snicker...I hear ya, but it’s not unprecedented.
Looking at aircraft like the F-14 or even the the A-10 the engine nacelles are separate, by some distance, I always assumed this was done to protect one turbine from the other.
I guess my question is, does having a twin engine aircraft like the F-18 negate the advantage of have twin turbines by housing them so close together?
Turkey is one of the consortium partners in F-35 development and they are turning Islamist. We may very well need more F-22’s as a countermeasure.
Not intended to be adversarial. Just an observation of a constantly
repeated pattern of wasteful management practices. I’ve been caught
in the whirlwind a few times.
Thanks Myrddin. Sorry to hear that.