F-22 Fighter Production Restarts, Last Delivery Coming Next Year
December 7, 2011 2:14 PM
(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]
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
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.
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