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Raptors for the Long Haul
Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Marc V. Schanz

Posted on 04/01/2012 8:30:26 PM PDT by U-238

The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have a plan to make the most of the F-22 fleet. As always, money will be an issue. By the end of next month, the last F-22 Raptor built—tail No. 4195—should complete final checkout tests, take off from Lockheed Martin’s plant at Marietta, Ga., and fly to its new home at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Lt. Col. Paul D. Moga, once Air Combat Command’s F-22 demonstration pilot, and now commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf, will fly it there.

As that last delivery flight takes place, the Air Force will confront a long list of challenges with its fully deployed F-22 fleet. Contentious basing issues seem to have been ironed out, but the F-22 modernization and upgrade budget has been halved, compelling the service to be far more selective about Raptor improvements.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aircombatcommand; elmendorf; f22; raptor; usaf

1 posted on 04/01/2012 8:30:33 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

When the Chicoms are just outside of Boise we’ll discover that we needed more F-22s.

2 posted on 04/01/2012 8:49:01 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: pfflier
".......we'll discover that we needed more F-22s."

Whether we have 200 or 2,000, they are no good if grounded.....and they often are.

3 posted on 04/01/2012 9:33:56 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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