March 1, 2006 (by AFPN) - The Air Force's preferred alternatives for the third and fourth operational F-22A beddowns are Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and Hickam AFB, Hawaii, said Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force chief of staff, today .
A guided AIM-120 Advanced-Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile deploys from the F-22. [Photo by Steve Zapka]
"Although we must still complete the environmental analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act before finalizing our decisions, the preferred third and fourth beddown locations for the F-22A are Holloman Air Force Base and Hickam Air Force Base," General Moseley said.
The proposed plan is for these units to have active and National Guard personnel at both locations. As the Air Force moves forward with this next generation fighter, combining forces to leverage assets gives the service its best possible team to deliver sovereign options for the nation's defense in the global war on terrorism.
The F-22A program of record calls for 183 aircraft with production slated through 2012. Currently the F-22A is based at Langley AFB
, Va. Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, was previously announced as the preferred location for the second operational beddown.