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Lockheed Martin delivers final F-22 Raptor

May 2, 2012 (by Alison Orne) - Lockheed Martin delivered today the 195th and last F-22 Raptor (10-4195) to U.S. Air Force in a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin's Marietta Aeronautics site.

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A beautiful hanger shot of F-22 block 40 no. 10-4195, the last F-22 to be built as seen on May 2nd, 2012. [Lockheed Martin photo by Thinh D. Nguyen]

With this delivery, the U.S. Air Force now possesses the world’s only 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft fleet in the world.

"There is no longer any nation that wishes us ill or any adversary who wishes us harm that has any doubt that their actions will have consequences – that they will be held to account and that our response will be undeterred," said Robert J. Stevens, Lockheed Martin's chairman and CEO. "The very existence of this airplane – your airplane – has altered the strategic landscape forever."

A host of distinguished officials participated in this monumental event, including senior leaders from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force; local, state and national elected officials; and Lockheed Martin employees who helped build the F-22 Raptor fleet.

This final Raptor joins a U.S. Air Force fleet of 187 operational F-22s and will join other F-22s in the Air Force’s 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. In all, Lockheed Martin delivered 195 F-22s to the Air Force beginning in 1997, with eight Raptors used as test aircraft.

F-22s are assigned to seven U.S. bases. Flight testing takes place at Edwards AFB, Calif. Operational tactics development continues at Nellis AFB, Nev. Pilot training takes place at Tyndall AFB, Fla. Operational F-22 aircraft are assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Holloman AFB, N. M.; and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.


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The 195th and final F-22 was delivered to the USAF in ceremonies on May 2nd, 2012 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia. The aircraft (serial number 10-4195) will be flown to JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where it will serve as the new flagship for the 525th FS. [Lockheed Martin photo by John Rossino]

USAF F-22A block 40 no. 10-4195, the last F-22 to be built as seen on May 2nd, 2012 during its delivery ceremony. [Lockheed Martin photo by Thinh D. Nguyen]

USAF F-22 block 40 no. 10-4195, the final F-22, is seen rolled off the assembly line in ceremonies at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia on December 13th, 2011. [Lockheed Martin photo by Todd R. McQueen].