April 19, 2002 (by Jeff Hollenbeck) - The F-22 Raptor industry team formally donated and officially dedicated a 1/10th-scale model of the air dominance fighter jet to the United States Air Force Academy on April 18.
"The F-22 Raptor team is proud to donate this model and dedicate it in honor of the men and women who have been associated with the Air Force Academy," Joe Oberle, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.'s director for Tactical Aircraft Requirements, said during the dedication ceremony at Fairchild Hall. "This model is a natural fit here at the Academy, where we bring together America's future Air Force and America's future air dominance fighter. We hope this model will inspire the current and future cadets, just as previous cadets were inspired by the other aircraft models on display around the Academy grounds."
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. donated the 6-foot-long, aerodynamically accurate model to the Air Force Academy as part of the company's educational outreach initiative. The initiative is aimed toward keeping people informed about the F-22 Raptor and our country's need for this 21st-century fighter aircraft both in adequate numbers and on schedule to meet U.S. Air Force operational requirements.