Thu, Aug 30, 2007
Milestone Aircraft To Be Based In Alaska
Lockheed Martin formally delivered the 100th F-22 Raptor air
dominance fighter to the US Air Force in ceremonies Thursday at
Marietta, GA. The milestone aircraft (Air Force serial number
05-0100) will be assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf
"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 US Air
Force and the F-22 program," Lawson continued. "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."
During the ceremony, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne
signed the DD-250 form, the official US government acceptance
The 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf is expected to receive
its full complement of 20 F-22s by the fall of 2008.
Starting with the first parts being made, production of each
Raptor takes a total span of approximately 30 months, according to
Lockheed. The various parts are sent to the Lockheed Martin
facility in Marietta, GA, for final assembly.
With 30 positions on the assembly line in the 3.5 million square
foot main production building in Marietta, the elapsed time in the
major mate and final assembly process is approximately 12
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