U.S. Air Force LT. COL. Wade Tolliver, Pilot, F/A-22 Raptor, and Director of Operations, 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va., releases a 1,000 lb. GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) over the Utah Test and Training Range, Hill Air Force Base, Oct. 20, 2005, during the Combat Hammer Air-to-Ground Weapons System Evaluation Program hosted by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron, Elgin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by MASTER SGT. Michael Ammons) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Hill Air Force Base
State: Utah (UT)
Country: United States Of America (USA)
Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Michael Ammons, USAF
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
Fighter planes and military aircrafts.
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). The result of the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but also with ground attack, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence capabilities. The prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, built most of the F-22's airframe and weapons systems and conducted final assembly, while Boeing provided the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems. USAF officials consider the F-22 a critical component of the service's tactical air power. Its combination of stealth, aerodynamic performance, and situational awareness enable unprecedented air combat capabilities and originally planned to buy a total of 750 aircrafts, but in 2009, the program was cut to 187 operational production aircraft due to high costs, a lack of clear air-to-air missions due to delays in Russian and Chinese fighter programs, a ban on exports, and development of the more versatile F-35. The last F-22 was delivered in 2012.