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15/08/2007
F-22 on operational service in Alaska

In a ceremony held at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, the past August 8th marked the formal beginning of operational service for the F-22 Raptor in the Pacific region. 
Larry Lawson, Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President and F-22 Program General Manager. There is no doubt that the F-22 is the most advanced and capable operational fighter in the world.The Raptor stands ready to defend America and our allies from one of the most strategic locations on the planet.
The assigned unit to be first in receiving the F-22 in Alaska, is the 90th Fighter Squadron, a unit that was formed almost 90 years ago during World War I, at Langley AFB, Va.
The F-22s first visited Alaska in 2006 when the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., deployed to participate in Northern Edge. Raptor pilots flew 97 percent of their scheduled missions and achieved an 80-to-1 kill ratio in air to air combats.
Nowadays, 183 production Raptors are currently on contract, and 106 aircraft have completed final assembly at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia. Actually, total of 99 F-22s have been delivered to the USAF.
This aircraft is built by Lockheed Martin in partnership with Boeing and Pratt & Whitney. Meanwhile, parts and subsystems are provided by approximately 1,000 suppliers.

Source: Lockheed Martin





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