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  • Pilot trapped in F-22 cockpit after canopy failure

    04/25/2006 4:14:09 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 74 replies · 9,690+ views
    F-16.net ^ | April 25, 2006 | Jeff Hollenbeck
    April 25, 2006 (by Jeff Hollenbeck) - A pilot was trapped in an F-22 cockpit for five hours on April 10th after the canopy failed to open. Several attempts to open the canopy failed, and ultimately the canopy was cut by fire department personnel. The F-22A Raptor is the U.S. Air Force's newest, most expensive, and most capable aircraft ever, but sometimes even the best have a bad day. On 10 April 06 at approximately 08.15h aircraft 03-041 had a Red Ball for a canopy unlock indication during pre-flight checks. Attempts to clear the problems by cycling the canopy failed....
  • Raptor Featured At DM

    03/05/2006 11:27:19 AM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 858+ views
    KOLD NEWS 13 ^ | Millie Martinez, KOLD News 13 Reporter
    This weekend be sure to look up into the sky and catch a glimpse of modern and historic military aircraft. The event allows pilots to practice formation flying for the 2006 Air Show Circuit. From historic warplanes, to advanced and sophisticated jets. The F-22A Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. It's only been in circulation a few months and there are only 62 in the world like it. Lieutenant Colonel Jim Hecker says luck was on his side when he was picked to fly a Raptor. Hecker said, It's a stealth aircraft and has the ability to super...
  • US Air Force Rates F-22A Raptor "Mission Capable"

    01/17/2006 5:06:21 AM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 35 replies · 987+ views
    Kirtland Air Force Base NM (SPX) Jan 16, 2006 The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center recently completed the F-22A Raptor Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation and has rated the Air Force's newest fighter as mission capable in the air-to-ground role. This "Mission Capable" rating is part of AFOTEC's newly developed system now being applied to programs under test at AFOTEC. The new rating methodology starts with traditional effectiveness and suitability measures as a foundation for determining potential operational impacts on mission accomplishment in the expected operational environment.
  • Langley AFB celebrates F-22A Raptor's initial operational capability

    01/14/2006 5:38:41 AM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 28 replies · 1,014+ views
    1/13/2006 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- The 1st Fighter Wing held a ceremony here today to celebrate the F-22A Raptor's initial operational capability. The event comes after the 27th Fighter Squadron was officially declared IOC on Dec. 15 by Gen. Ronald E. Keys, commander of Air Combat Command. The IOC declaration proves the F-22A is mission ready. The base now has 19 Raptors.
  • More good F22 news.

    12/27/2005 4:24:34 PM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 25 replies · 1,741+ views
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- With the F-22A Raptor's initial operational capability declaration Dec. 15 came the capstone of a process that began 76 months earlier, in August 1997, when a C-5 Galaxy landed here and taxied down the expansive "Contractor's Row" with several crates and boxes in its cargo bay to what isnow known as the F-22A Combined Test Force.
  • Pilots say new U.S. F-22 stealth fighter has no equal

    12/22/2005 3:33:10 PM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 125 replies · 3,919+ views
    he Air Force's new F-22A Raptor is such a dominant fighter jet that in mock dogfights its pilots typically take on six F-15 Eagles at once. Despite the favorable odds, the F-15s, still one of the world's most capable fighters, are no contest for the fastest radar-evading stealth jet ever built. "The F-15 pilots, they are the world's best pilots," said Lt. Col. David Krumm, an F-22A instructor pilot. "When you take them flying against anyone else in the world, they are going to wipe the floor with them. It's a startling moment for them to come down here and...
  • Pilots say new U.S. stealth fighter has no equal [F-22]

    12/22/2005 2:06:56 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 113 replies · 12,174+ views
    HeraldToday.com ^ | Wed, Dec. 21, 2005
    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force's new F-22A Raptor is such a dominant fighter jet that in mock dogfights its pilots typically take on six F-15 Eagles at once. Despite the favorable odds, the F-15s, still one of the world's most capable fighters, are no contest for the fastest radar-evading stealth jet ever built. "The F-15 pilots, they are the world's best pilots," said Lt. Col. David Krumm, an F-22A instructor pilot. "When you take them flying against anyone else in the world, they are going to wipe the floor with them. It's a startling moment for...
  • USAF Declares Initial Operational Capability For Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor

    12/15/2005 9:40:59 PM PST · by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 · 182 replies · 3,603+ views
    Lockheed ^ | 12/15/05 | Lockheed
    MARIETTA, Ga., December 15, 2005 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] F-22A Raptor, the world’s only 5th generation fighter aircraft, surpassed a monumental milestone today when the United States Air Force declared that the Raptor has reached initial operational capability. General Ronald E. Keys, Commander of Air Combat Command, made the historic announcement at Langley Air Force Base, Va., from a Raptor hangar near his headquarters. “The F-22A fulfills a long quest to bring 5th generation capabilities of stealth, supercruise, and precision to the warfighter today and for decades to come,” said General Keys in an Air Force news release. “If...
  • US deploys new top fighter jet

    12/16/2005 10:49:35 PM PST · by FreeKeys · 35 replies · 9,722+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri Dec 16, 2005 | Jim Wolf
    The futuristic F-22A "Raptor" fighter jet, designed to dominate the skies well into the 21st century, joined the U.S. combat fleet on Thursday, 20 years after it was conceived to fight Soviet MiGs over Europe. The Air Force said "initial operational capability" had been achieved at the 1st Fighter Wing's 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Pilots in the squadron, the Air Force's oldest in continuous operation, have been training on the F-22, the Air Force's most advanced weapon system, for about a year. "If we go to war tomorrow, the Raptor will go with us," Gen....
  • 'Hat-in-the-Ring Gang' says goodbye to its Eagles

    12/16/2005 4:07:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 523+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Dec 16, 2005 | 1st Lt. Elizabeth Kreft
    12/16/2005 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- The 94th Fighter Squadron flew its last F-15 Eagle sortie today, marking the squadron’s official evolution to F-22A Raptor operations. The “Hat-in-the-Ring Gang” is the second squadron at Langley to convert from the F-15C/D -- a strictly air-to-air fighter -- to the Raptor, which has air-to-ground capabilities. Pilots from Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon units will move into the 94th to ramp up Raptor operations. “From the operator perspective, we see it as a way to better equip the force,” said Lt Col. Dirk Smith, the squadron commander. “It’s more than...
  • US to declare stealthy F-22 fighter operational

    12/15/2005 1:47:24 PM PST · by anonymoussierra · 63 replies · 5,809+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Air Force said it will declare the first F-22A Raptor fighter squadron operational, effectively making the advanced stealthy jet ready for combat. [end] After years of intensive testing and training for the jet, which an air force official called "the finest air dominance fighter ever built", the 27th Fighter Squadron will formally enter its 12 F22As into service with the announcement. It effectively means the squadron, based at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, will be capable of deploying the stealth fighters on missions anywhere in the world, an air force spokesman said. [end]...
  • F-22 joins US fleet as top fighter

    12/15/2005 10:07:58 AM PST · by LM_Guy · 25 replies · 1,926+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | 12/15/2005 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The futuristic F-22A "Raptor" fighter jet, designed to dominate the skies well into the 21st century, joined the U.S. combat fleet on Thursday, 20 years after it was conceived to fight Soviet MiGs over Europe. The Air Force said "initial operational capability" had been achieved by 16 of the aircraft at the 1st Fighter Wing's 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Pilots in the squadron, the Air Force's oldest in continuous operation, have been training on the F-22 for about a year. "When asked to go to war, they're ready," said the 1st Fighter...