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Airforce to drop the 'A' in "F/A-22"

December 13, 2005 (by Jeff Hollenbeck) - The U.S. Air Force plans to change the designation of the F/A-22 Raptor to "F-22A" in the near future according to an article on
According to an article by Gopal Ratnam and Michael Fabey on, the U.S. Air Force is changing the designation of the F/A-22 Raptor to F-22A. The move was announced on December 12 by Air Force Chief of Staff Michael Moseley in a speech to the Air National Guard senior leadership conference and is expected to be officially announced by the Air Force in several days.

In the article, Loren Thompson, an analyst for the Lexington institute, is reported to have said that the decision was "unanimous among Air Force and senior Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld" and that "Air Force officials were feeling a "little expansive" after the Raptor survived attacks during the QDR debates; they decided they didn’t need the extra “A” to persuade the administration and Congress to buy the airplane."