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USAF releases F-22 Raptor accident report

The USAF has released the accident report for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor that crashed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, last November. Basically, the $149.6 million aircraft was lost due to chafed wiring—this leaves the USAF with 184 production jets remaining plus two test aircraft. Tail 4013, which used to be assigned to Nellis AFB, Nevada, […]

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The USAF Weapons School in the age of sequestration

Back in April the US Air Force was forced to take draconian actions due to budget cuts imposed by the Congressional sequestration law. Nine fighter and four bomber squadrons stopped flying while others operated at a greatly diminished capacity. But perhaps the most damaging of all was that the service was forced to shut down […]

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USAF F-22 Raptors participate in Trident Warrior 2013

The US Air Force and Navy units recently participated in an exercise called Trident Warrior 2013 from July 8 to July 19 at Langley AFB, Virginia. According to a USAF release, the goal of the exercise was to integrate fourth and fifth-generation fighters using an experimental version of the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS)—which […]

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New G-suit gives PAK-FA higher operational ceiling than the Raptor?

Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA pilots will be equipped with a new g-suit that will allow them to eject from the aircraft at altitudes of 75,000ft (23,000m). If the PAK-FA is able to fly at those altitudes operationally, that would mean that it has a significantly higher operational ceiling than the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.  The […]

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USAF consolidates F-22 depot maintenance at Ogden ALC

The US Air Force says it will consolidate depot maintenancefor the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at HillAFB, Utah. Currently, depot maintenance for the stealthy fifth-generationfighter is split between Ogden and a Lockheed plant in Palmdale, California.   “The facts show this will be a great efficiency for theF-22 programme […]

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F-35A departure testing at Edwards AFB

Lockheed Martin recently released this video of test pilotsat Edwards AFB, California, intentionally departing the F-35A and testingrecovery procedures. This sort of testing is vital since operational pilots willfind a way to depart the jet no matter how departure resistant the aircraft is.It happened during operational testing for the F-22 when one of the pilotsmanaged […]

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Raptor 4007 starts testing Inc 3.2A upgrade on its 1000th sortie

Last month on 19 April, the US Air Force’s F-22 Combined Test Force (CTF) completed the 1,000th sortie on tail number 4007 at Edwards AFB, California. The aircraft is currently testing the Increment 3.2A software upgrade package which will add new electronic protection measures and new combat identification capabilities to the Raptor fleet. “This sortie […]

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F-22 Raptor over Alaska

Lockheed Martin’s in-house magazine, Code One, posted this photo that was taken when the first F-22 Raptors were being fielded at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, but more than half-a-decade has gone by since then.  Here you can see a Raptor (probably either tail 087 or 090–if memory serves) […]

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USAF can perform parts of Global Hawk mission set with “classified platform”

The US Air Force does not intend to keep the Block 30 Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk in service past the end of calendar year 2014 because the Lockheed Martin U-2 and other “classified platforms” can take-over its mission, senior service leaders told the US Congress on 17 April. However, service officials acknowledge that it […]

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A/F-X

This is a picture of an old Lockheed Martin concept for the A/F-X, which the US Navy once hoped would replace its Grumman A-6 Intruders and F-14 Tomcats following the A-12 debacle and US Air Force hoped would replace the Boeing F-15E, General Dynamics F-111 and Lockheed F117. Initially it was simply designated the A-X […]

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