The United States Air Force held a ceremony earlier this month to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor’s first flight. The ceremony was held at Edwards Air Force Base in California on October 19. However, the actual 20th anniversary of the Raptor’s was on September 7. The Raptor first flew on September 7, 1997, when Lockheed Martin chief test pilot Paul Metz took to the air in tail AF 91-4001—the first of nine Engineering Manufacturing Development F-22 that were built—at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia.
Published on November 6, 2017 by Nicholas Hoffman