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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 12/8/2011 11:28:11 AM , Rating: 2
The F-35, which is less stealthy, quick, or agile. Yet, it's avionics package and weapon loading are far superior. Believe it or not, a 35 has an edge on the 22 in that it can jam the 22's radar. The 22 can sneak up and fly circles around the 35, but it's pretty useless if it can't target anything. And the 35 isn't meant to fly alone, so one of the planes in a squad will eventually take the 22 out.

The F-22 is designed to prevent just that. It's an air superiority fighter and is designed to be able to see enemy aircraft before they can see it. It's designed to get a radar lock before they can. It's designed to dominate the skies, and an aircraft like the F-35 shouldn't be able to stand any chance against it.

If that's not the case, and Lockheed Martin's general purpose strike aircraft is able to achieve air superiority over their purpose built air superiority fighter, then they did something wrong.

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