F-22 Raptor

YF-22 prototype in flightBy the mid-1990s, Boeing was teamed with Lockheed Martin to develop and build the F-22, an extremely advanced tactical fighter. It combines stealth, integrated avionics and maneuverability and is intended as a replacement for the F-15 as America's front-line dominance fighter.

The first production F-22 was unveiled April 9, 1997, at a rollout ceremony hosted by Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney. It was the first of nine flyable F-22s built for flight testing.

Boeing in Seattle, Wash., builds the wings and aft fuselage (including the structures necessary for engine and nozzle installation) and is responsible for avionics integration, 70 percent of mission software, the training system, and life-support and fire-protection systems.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems, a division of Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Marietta, Ga., is responsible for program management, the integrated forebody (nose section) and forward fuselage (including the cockpit and inlets), leading edges of the wings, the fins and stabilators, flaps, ailerons, landing gear, and final assembly of the aircraft. Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is responsible for the center fuselage; stores management; integrated navigation and electronic warfare systems; the communications, navigation, and identification system; and the weapon support system.

As of April 2005, Boeing had delivered 61 sets of wings and 66 aft-fuselages, as well as a number of integrated avionics flight-test packages and updates to Lockheed Martin. As a replacement for the F-15C, the fast, agile, stealthy F-22 was designed to take over the air superiority role with the Air Combat Command starting in 2005.

Specifications
First flight: (YF-22 prototype) Sept. 29, 1990
(F-22 Raptor) Sept. 7, 1997
Classification: Fighter
Span: 44 feet 6 inches
Length: 62 feet 1 inches
Speed: Mach 2
Power: Two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 engines
Accommodation: One crewperson
Armament: Air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles