F/A-22's to overfly Superbowl

Message posted by Andre' M. Dall'au on February 04, 2005 at 11:21:48 PST:

Tune into the Super Bowl and see the Tyndall F/A-22's over fly the Super
Bowl this Sunday.

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Excellent article with some good info.


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PRESS RELEASE -- Secretary of the Air Force, Directorate of Public Affairs

1 February 2005

F/A-22 demonstrates air dominance with completion of Initial Operational
Test and Evaluation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The F/A-22 Raptor demonstrated "overwhelmingly
effective" warfighting capability according to the Initial Operational Test
and Evaluation report by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation
Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

During the test, it met or exceeded performance expectations in altitude,
speed, maneuverability and survivability. It also performed significantly
better than the F-15C in all air-to-air mission areas, leading to a rating
of "effective" by AFOTEC.

"The Raptor operated against all adversaries with virtual impunity," said
Maj. Gen. Rick Lewis, Air Force program executive officer for the F/A-22.
"The ground-based systems couldn't engage the Raptor, and no adversary
aircraft survived. That is air dominance, and that's exactly what the
Raptor was designed to give us."

AFOTEC also evaluated the Raptor's sustainability in field operations as
"potentially suitable," because the aircraft met interim milestones but did
not meet every requirement needed before the Raptor is declared operational.
The Air Force is already working to address the deficiencies AFOTEC
identified to get the aircraft ready for operational use.

Raptor flight training is on-going at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and
flight operations have begun at Langley Air Force Base, Va., the home of the
first operational Raptor squadron. Follow-on test and evaluation of the
Raptor's air-to-ground capabilities will be conducted later this year. This
December, the Raptor is expected to reach initial operational capability,
which means it is able to conduct combat operations.

The next program milestone for the Raptor will be an evaluation of its
Initial Operational Test and Evaluation by the Defense Department's Director
of Operational Test and Evaluation. This independent evaluation of the
Raptor's test performance will be used to help decide whether to move the
Raptor from limited to full production levels.


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