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  • Lockheed Martin Delivers 100th F-22 to U.S. Air Force

    Lockheed Martin delivered the 100th F-22 Raptor to the U.S. Air Force on August 29 in a ceremony at the company’s factory in Marietta, Ga.

    The aircraft — Air Force serial number 05-0100 — will be assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, according to a Lockheed media release.

    During the ceremony, Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne signed the DD-250 form accepting the aircraft on behalf of the U.S. government.

    The 90th Fighter Squadron is expected to receive its full complement of 20 F-22s by fall 2008, according to the release.

    “The Raptor is providing top cover for America and our allies,” Lockheed Martin executive vice president Larry Lawson said at the ceremony. We have developed the most capable fighter in the world, which is exactly what the men and women defending us deserve.”

    Production of each Raptor takes about 30 months, with 12 months dedicated to the final assembly process, the press release said.
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    lets hope some time down the track it is joined by another 200 of them, me thinks some time in the future we will all be glad if they do order those extra kites!

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    • #3
      yeah beautie of an aircraft just the price tag .. how much it now each ? ... few hundred million $ ...
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      • #4
        Originally posted by thomas.tmcc View Post
        yeah beautie of an aircraft just the price tag .. how much it now each ? ... few hundred million $ ...
        The more they build or export , the cheaper they get, gotta love a market based economy!!!!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by galland View Post
          The more they build or export , the cheaper they get, gotta love a market based economy!!!!!!

          yeah but thats just it they arent going to allow exports of it ... it will just cost the US taxpayer more to buy them ...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by thomas.tmcc View Post
            yeah but thats just it they arent going to allow exports of it ... it will just cost the US taxpayer more to buy them ...
            I would say, " watch this space " , the current administration will not allow export, but that does not mean the next one will tow the line. Already the two giants of American aeronautics, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, are lobbying to defence about the need for more orders forthcoming, and you know what happens when a senator sees that jobs could be at stake in his state , and how hard they will kick and scream until their constituants claims are taken seriously...

            Im just saying , for want of a better term, to watch this space, i dont think this story is dead by a long way!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by galland View Post
              I would say, " watch this space " , the current administration will not allow export, but that does not mean the next one will tow the line. Already the two giants of American aeronautics, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, are lobbying to defence about the need for more orders forthcoming, and you know what happens when a senator sees that jobs could be at stake in his state , and how hard they will kick and scream until their constituants claims are taken seriously...

              Im just saying , for want of a better term, to watch this space, i dont think this story is dead by a long way!
              yeah i know ,, whos going to be able to buy them though ,japan ,australia ? ,saudi arabia etc ... how much are they each ? ..
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              • #8
                That bird is no longer a machine, it's alive. It has one critical flaw though: it needs runways. This is something that air combat theorists like Bill Gunston have been lamenting about since the early 1980s. In the case of a real war with a real modern army like the Russians or the Chinese our runways will be taken out with long range cruise missiles in the first hour of the first day of the war. Even with conventional missiles they will be cratered beyond repair and also sown with mines keeping repair crews at bay. The Raptors will be stranded. The only truly dependable aircraft of a future all-out war is a vertical/short takeoff aircraft.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
                  That bird is no longer a machine, it's alive. It has one critical flaw though: it needs runways. This is something that air combat theorists like Bill Gunston have been lamenting about since the early 1980s. In the case of a real war with a real modern army like the Russians or the Chinese our runways will be taken out with long range cruise missiles in the first hour of the first day of the war. Even with conventional missiles they will be cratered beyond repair and also sown with mines keeping repair crews at bay. The Raptors will be stranded. The only truly dependable aircraft of a future all-out war is a vertical/short takeoff aircraft.
                  Well now that is a entirely new debate on its own , and i think, Monster Zero , that you should post that as a thread. Its a very good observation, and deserving of debate by our esteemed AGM members!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
                    That bird is no longer a machine, it's alive. It has one critical flaw though: it needs runways. This is something that air combat theorists like Bill Gunston have been lamenting about since the early 1980s. In the case of a real war with a real modern army like the Russians or the Chinese our runways will be taken out with long range cruise missiles in the first hour of the first day of the war. Even with conventional missiles they will be cratered beyond repair and also sown with mines keeping repair crews at bay. The Raptors will be stranded. The only truly dependable aircraft of a future all-out war is a vertical/short takeoff aircraft.
                    nice one mark but does the STOVL aircraft like the JSF got the air superority capability like a F-22 raptor,typhoon ,rafale and F-15s etc ? ..
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
                      That bird is no longer a machine, it's alive. It has one critical flaw though: it needs runways. This is something that air combat theorists like Bill Gunston have been lamenting about since the early 1980s. In the case of a real war with a real modern army like the Russians or the Chinese our runways will be taken out with long range cruise missiles in the first hour of the first day of the war. Even with conventional missiles they will be cratered beyond repair and also sown with mines keeping repair crews at bay. The Raptors will be stranded. The only truly dependable aircraft of a future all-out war is a vertical/short takeoff aircraft.
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                      • #12
                        There a few million dollars I agree but with the current conversion rate for the dollar to pound maybe we should put down a deposit. I'm sure the RAF boys would be rather handy in them.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Doctor Sinister View Post
                          What's wrong with the highways?

                          Dr. S.
                          The Swedes have mastered highway takeoffs/landings and train pilots on highways frequently. They are frequently photographed with their Viggens lined up on highways. I'm not sure about our pilots; I doubt they're ready for that.

                          Bill Gunston who is British has written to somebody in Pentagon hinting at the fact that the US policy of building multi-million aircraft that need runways is flawed but he was dismissed as a sales pitcher for Hawker Siddley, the company that builds the Harrier jet.
                          Last edited by MonsterZero; 03 Sep 07, 09:22.

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                          • #14
                            yeah the uk has done runway/highway strips before too but its expensive as you need to remove all the lights ,side barriers etc etc too every time and thats costly ... not to mention the infrestructure needed to help service modern combat aircraft ,weapons,fuel and personel ..
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