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May 11, 2023

Raptor on the Mend Returns to Service

Refurbished F-22 Raptor Takes to the Skies After Years of Repair

One of the precious few F-22 Raptors left in the fleet has returned to service after years of repair, completing a test flight at the 514th Test Squadron's home base of Hill Air Force Base. The crew at the aircraft's station in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been on the hunt for replacement parts for more than half a decade, hoping to return the aircraft back to service after a takeoff mishap in 2018. The aircraft was disassembled and shipped up north to JBER, where crews began the arduous process of bringing tail number AF-07-146 back to airworthiness.

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