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F-22 Raptor won't go to Paris

May 21, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The F-22 Raptor won't make its European debut at this summer's Paris Air Show, according to U.S. Air Force officials, who say that such a deployment would force them to cancel 40 to 50 pilot-training sorties.

But Maj. Paul "Max" Moga, the service's F-22A demonstration pilot, said the stealthy supercruiser might show up at the Dubai show in November.

Air Combat Command officials gave Major Moga and his F-22A Raptor demonstration the official seal of approval, on April 27.

The ACC F-22A single-ship demonstration team began its official season at Langley AFB April 27-29 as part of the 1st Fighter Wing's "AirPower over Hampton Roads" event.

The Raptors are based at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

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