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US Air Force (USAF) personnel chock and ground the first USAF F/A-22 Raptor to arrive at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada (NV)

US Air Force (USAF) personnel chock and ground the first USAF F/A-22 Raptor to arrive at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada (NV)

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The original finding aid described this photograph as:

Base: Nellis Air Force Base

State: Nevada (NV)

Country: United States Of America (USA)

Scene Major Command Shown: Air Combat Command

Scene Camera Operator: SRA Jeremy S. Smith, USAF

Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

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.





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