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HA2822 Lockheed F-22A Raptor 03-4046, 19th FS, Hickam AFB, 2018
The USAF developed a requirement for a new air superiority fighter to replace the F-15 Eagle. Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF). The aircraft is constructed using 39% titanium, 24% composite material, 16% aluminum and 1% thermoplastic by weight. All these components contribute to the F-22 being a light weight, extremely maneuverable, extremely fast aircraft that uses stealth technology. The F-22 is also capable of ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence.
F-22A Raptor 03-4064 c/n 645-4046 joined the 27th FS on July 28, 2005 and then was assigned to the 94th FS in January 2007. Three years later on July 9, 2010, the aircraft was transferred to the 19th FS “Gamecocks / Mytai Fighters” of the 15th Wing. The 19th FS had been based at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska beginning in 1994 until 2010 when it became part of the 15th Wing stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The 15th Wing is an associate unit with the Hawaii Air National Guard 199th FS.
Planned Production - 750 aircraft initial program objective
Altered plan in 1990 - 648 aircraft
Altered plan in 1994 - 442 aircraft
In 1997 Department of Defense report – 339 aircraft
In 2006 the Pentagon wanted -183 aircraft
2008 approval for 4 additional aircraft bringing the total to 187
Number built as of August 2009 - 145 (187 planned)
Role - Air superiority fighter
Crew – (1) pilot
Engines – (2) Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 engines producing 35,000 lbst of thrust Speed - Mach 1.8 (super cruise: Mach 1.5) G Limit - +9 G Ceiling - 60,000 ft (18,290 m) The F-22 and other fighters can reach this altitude, but only the F-22 can perform tactical maneuvers at this level, which is about twice the altitude at which other jets can perform tactical maneuvers.
Length - 62.08 ft (18.90 m) Height -16.67 ft (5.08 m) Wingspan - 44.5 ft (13.56 m) Wing Area - 840 sq ft (78.04 sq m) Horizontal Tail-span - 29 ft (8.84 m) Weights
Empty - 31,670 lb (14,365 kg) Maximum Takeoff - 60,000 lb (27,000 kg) Armament
Internal (1) 20mm Cannon (4) AIM-9 Sidewinders (side weapon bays) (4) AIM-120A AMRAAM (internal ventral bay) (6) AIM-120Cs (internal ventral bay) (6) GBU-32 JDAM PGMs (internal ventral bay) (8) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (250lbs ea)
External (4) under-wing hard-points with a maximum of 5,000lbs (2,270kg) of mission-specific weaponry or fuel drop-tanks.