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What's The Status Of The F-22?  
User currently offlineAviationAddict From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 590 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6937 times:
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Just wondering what the deal is with the F-22. I know it was scheduled to be in service sometime last year but I never heard anything about it being activated, is it in service yet? And if not, when will it be in service?

Also, is the USAF still looking to take delivery of around 275 units (I believe that was the last figure I saw)?

Finally, what's the plan for the F-15's? Are they are scheduled to be retired once the F-22 is fully operational?

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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6928 times:

Not sure about the overall status but it is flying over my house at least once or twice a week that I know of. I had a great view of it on final the other day from the Coke Enterprises building off of Windy Hill. Those birds are really big. They always have a chase plane with them and it dwarfs the F-16 I have seen alongside it.

Quoting AviationAddict (Thread starter):
Finally, what's the plan for the F-15's? Are they are scheduled to be retired once the F-22 is fully operational?

I think you will see the F-15 around for some time as they continue to be modernized. If and when the F-35 JSF finally reaches operational levels then you could see the F-15 go away.



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6876 times:

Quoting AviationAddict (Thread starter):
Just wondering what the deal is with the F-22. I know it was scheduled to be in service sometime last year but I never heard anything about it being activated, is it in service yet? And if not, when will it be in service?

Operational.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123013572


User currently offlineMarkATL From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 539 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6828 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Not sure about the overall status but it is flying over my house at least once or twice a week that I know of. I had a great view of it on final the other day from the Coke Enterprises building off of Windy Hill.

I hear ya buddy, they buzz me here in Vinnings. Normally get one or two chassers along with it.



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6806 times:

Quoting MarkATL (Reply 3):
I hear ya buddy, they buzz me here in Vinnings. Normally get one or two chassers along with it.

For some reason they don't seem nearly as loud as the F/A-18s screaming over my house on a daily basis.

Did you see the VC-135 flying into Dobbins today? I hadn't seen one of those there in a while.



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User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1071 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6790 times:

The Raptors are loud! Much louder than the F-15. Langley has one squadron ready for deployment and has been operating the raptor for about a year.

-Check


User currently offlineAislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6778 times:

The airforce, as of now, has purchaced more like 180 F-22s.

See this thread for a discussion over F-22s, the gap created by the end of the F-15, and possible repacements for the F-15



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User currently offlineSonic67 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6611 times:

Has anyone seen a news article that the Air Force had some concerns that the F-22 aft-fuselages concernig the engine mounts that Boeing produces did not meet their specification's.The article went on to say while their was not anything wrong with the airplane the aft-fuselages but it didn't meet Air Force specs. It also mentioned that to comply to to the Air forces demands it may mean that half of the F-22 may need to be redesigned because aft-fuselage makes up the back bone.

The article was written two Weeks or so ago and I was going to post it but it was late that and I was tiered so I was going to post the next morning. The next morning I couldn't find hide or hair of it and I don't remember the author or the publisher. Was it possible that the article was swept under the carpet or inaccurate?

No I was not drinking or somking anything either.  Yeah sure


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

Your best bet to see Raptors flying is at Tyndall AFB, where the 43rd FS is training the new pilots and maintainers and at Langley AFB, where the 27 FS was the first to go IOC with the Raptor and the 94th FS is following close behind. At the moment you can also see the Raptor somewhat "regulary" at Marietta, GA, at Edwards AFB, and at Nellis AFB.

Amazing airplane to work with. I have been mucho impressed in all my dealings with them. Not dealing with MX issues of course LOL

The F-15s will soldier on with the guard for many years to come.

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Actions speak louder than bumperstickers


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6480 times:

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 5):
The Raptors are loud!

One of the Raptors passed over my car by a few hundred feet coming out of Dobbins today and it really isn't that loud ompared to the F/A-18s.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1071 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6468 times:

Must not have been in burner because the only thing louder I've heard is a harrier.
-Check


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6424 times:

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 10):
Must not have been in burner because the only thing louder I've heard is a harrier.

I think once he got a little past me he kicked in the burners because he did get louder. Speaking of Harriers for whatever reason there were some of those at Dobbins the other day as well. They are insanely loud. My fillings were rattling in my mouth.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
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