|The last F-22 to roll off the assembly line at Lockheed Martins
The final F-22 Raptor stealth fighter is scheduled to come off the line at Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Ga., plant on Dec. 13 2011.
The jet took its maiden flight in Marietta in September 1997 and production went into full swing. But its high cost and changes in military requirements for post-Cold War challenges brought down the F-22. In 2009, the U.S. government officially kille...
|Raptors causing damage to property?|
|Night maneuvers by F-22 Raptors will continue in the area and that concerns Lori English, a retired U.S. Marine. English is torn, she said, because she understands the importance of having a well-trained military but tempers that with the apparent damage to her East Mesa home, allegedly from sonic booms caused by the jets.|
"I've got a cinderblock house and there's cracks in every single room of my house," English said. "Since the flights started again, in September, these episodes of sonic booms have amounted to the same as 3.0 to 4.0 earthquakes. I know that... continue»
|Less Airshows in 2012|
|"We face significant fiscal constraints and are making tough decisions about the best ways to continue providing combat airpower to warfighting commanders, which is what we do as the Air Force’s primary force provider."|
One decision we’ve made is to sponsor one single-ship demonstration team for the 2012 air show season, scaling back from the six teams we’ve historically sponsored – A-10 East & West, F-16 East & West, F-15E and F-22.
For the 2012 season, we’... continue»
|2 More 'Physiological Incidents' Related to F-22|
|The U.S. Air Force's fleet of stealthy F-22 Raptor fifth-generation fighters has suffered two additional "physiological incidents" since Nov. 21, the service confirmed Dec. 2. |
"Since 21 Nov., there have been two physiological incidents and no events of interest," said Air Combat Command spokeswoman Kelly Sanders in an emailed statement.
Since the F-22 returned to flight in September after a four-month grounding, th... continue»
|F-22 Upgrades in Deficit Crosshairs|
|The deficit-reduction stalemate in Washington has put the Pentagon on a collision course with $500 billion in "automatic" budget cuts over the next 10 years.|
But even before last week's failure of Congress' "supercommittee" to find an alternative solution, the Defense Department faced potential cuts of as much as $400 billion over 10 years. Any chance that might trigger some "rush orders" to get... continue»
|Operation 'Odyssey Dawn' started @Libya|
|Coalition forces launched “Operation Odyssey Dawn” today to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 to protect the Libyan people from the country’s ruler.|
The goal of the military coalition is to prevent further attacks by regime forces on Libyan citizens, officials said, adding that the coalition also wants to degrade the ability of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime to resist a no-fly zone being implemented.continue»
|F-22 Raptor may see first combat action in Libya [update 03-19]|
|Since the UN Security Council has approved the enforcement of a "no-fly-zone" over Libya it would be allowed for planes from the US and other countries to shoot down Libyan jets and destroy ground targets in case they present a threat.|
In a congressional hearing on March 16, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said that he would expect the F-22 Raptors to be used to enforce the no-fly-zone.
The F-22's stealth and dog-fighting capabilities make it one of the mo... continue»
|Army engineers assist F-22 recovery|
|Less than 24 hours after an F-22 Raptor crashed about 100 miles north of Anchorage, Nov. 16, the 6th Engineer Battalion initiated preparations for providing logistical and mobility support to recovery operations.|
The battalion mobilized more than 33 Soldiers and 18 vehicles by the morning of Nov 19. Upon arriving near the crash site, the Soldiers established a joint Army-Air Force Tactical Operations Center to ensure interoperability between the two services.... continue»
|Aerojet Completes Final Lot Shipments of the F-22 Raptor Program|
|Aerojet announced today that it shipped the last F-22 Raptor forward boom to The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. This completed the 10th lot of a procurement that spanned 17 years in support of the Boeing/Lockheed Martin/U.S. Air Force team.|
Aerojet has been under contract to The Boeing Company on the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program since 1993 and has delivered 394 booms.
edit: "The company was honored by Boeing as its Supplier of the Year in... blablabla... teamwork to... continue»
|USAF Chief Considers F-35 And F-22 Replacement|
|The U.S. Air Force’s senior officer has acknowledged concern over the Lockheed Martin F-35 program, in particular slow software development that may push the Joint Strike Fighter’s operational debut into 2016.|
“There are some issues with respect to timing on software development,” the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz, told a group of defense writers this week in Washington. “We don’t have a complete understanding yet of whether that will affe... continue»