Edwards AFB Flight Test Nation 2009
Lockheed F-22 Raptor

TheF-22 Rapor is the latest in fighter technology. The deisgn was an answer to a USAF request for proposal of a new next-generation air superiority fighter. Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamic proposed the F-22 and Northrop/Mcdonnell Douglas proposed the F-23. The F-22 won the contract on April 23, 1991. The high cost of the aircraft coupled with the policy to not export these advanced technology fighters has resulted in a lot of political wrangling and ultimately a cutback in the production of the Raptor. Besides being an air superiority fighter, the Raptor can also perform ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence missions.

Flight Test Nation 2009 Index


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