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  (Source: Lockheed Martin)
Last F-22 set to be delivered next spring

Both of the USAF premier fighters have been plagued with significant issues over the last few years. The F-35 is back on track to some extent after numerous delays, even though some are calling for slowdowns in production of the aircraft. The F-22 is in full production, but that production has been problematic, as have existing aircraft.
 
The F-22 has been having problems with its onboard oxygen generation system that results at times in hypoxia-like symptoms for the pilots. The aircraft were on stand-down for a while, but that stand-down was lifted and the aircraft are back in the air. That means that aircraft that Lockheed had produced, but couldn't deliver are now heading to their final USAF homes.
 
That also means that the production line for the F-22 is back in full swing. Lockheed spokeswoman Alison Orne said, "We are delivering jets. The last one delivered was 4185. 4195 will be delivered in late spring 2012."
 
Lockheed also pointed out that while airframe 4185 was technically delivered, it was still undergoing flight-testing. After those tests are complete, the F-22 will be flown to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia where it will be based. The spokeswoman stated that the F-22 would be flown to Langley on December 8.
 
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor production line. [Source: Lockheed Martin] 

The last F-22 that will be built will roll off the assembly line and be delivered in the spring of 2012. That aircraft will be stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska and is set to fly with the 3rd Wing.
 
In October of 2011 after the F-22 was returned to flight status, a wing commander in Virginia placed his fleet of F-22 Raptors on stand-down after another incident where the oxygen generation system of the aircraft was suspected of fault. As of now, no solution has been found to the problems the F-22 and its pilots are experiencing.

Source: Defense News



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RE: They should build more of these.
By 91TTZ on 12/7/2011 3:49:33 PM , Rating: 3
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Other than the minor issue that even with the cost overruns of the F-35 program, it still costs an order of magnitude less than the F-22.


Flyaway cost of F-22: $150 million
Flyaway cost of F-35A: $122 million

An order of magnitude is usually 10x, so as we can see the F-35A is not an order of magnitude less than the F-22.


By Reclaimer77 on 12/7/2011 6:55:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but we're not just talking the cost of the fighter alone. The F-35 program has gone zillions over it's estimates, while the F-22 was already payed for and ready for mass production.


By e36Jeff on 12/9/2011 5:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, those are fy '09 vs fy '11 costs, so the F-22 is likely a bit more than $150M if we had the numbers for fy '11, inflation and whatnot taking its toll.
However, if we were to order, say an extra 100 F-22s and reduce the F-35 order by 100, that would drop the price of the F-22 by a signifigant amount, give us more interm fighters to cover the gap before the F-35 makes it into full production, and have a negligible impact on the final price of the F-35s.


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