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Chronology of the F-22 Program


1981 | 1986 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995
1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003
1981
Nov USAF identifies need to replace F-15
1986
Aug Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics teamed
Oct Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics team selected to compete with Northrop Grumman in Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Demonstration/Validation
1990
Jan 13 Final assembly of first YF-22 prototype begins
Sep 29 First flight of first YF-22 prototype, piloted by Dave Ferguson
Oct 25 First USAF pilot to fly YF-22 prototype; Maj. Mark D. Shackelford
Oct 30 First flight of second YF-22 prototype, piloted by Tom Morgenfeld
Nov 13 ATF/YF-22 receives Popular Science Award for Aviation and Space
Nov 28 First live missile firing of ATF program; Jon Beesley fires AIM-9
Dec 11 YF-22s fly in formation for first time
Dec 31 Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics submit F-22 proposal to USAF
1991
Jan F-22 program begins relocation to Marietta, Georgia; Gulf War begins
Apr 23 Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics F-22 team wins Advanced Tactical Fighter contract
Aug 2 Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract awarded
1992
June 30 Critical Design Review (CDR) for F119 EMD test engine
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1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003
1993
Mar 1 Lockheed purchases General Dynamics Fort Worth Division
Apr 30 Air vehicle Preliminary Design Review
Dec 8 Boeing manufactures first part of first F-22
1994
Feb 10 F-22 procurement reduced from 648 to 422
1995
Feb 24 Air vehicle CDR completed
Mar 15 Lockheed and Martin Marietta merge
June 2 Assembly of first F-22 mid-body begins in Fort Worth
Oct 4 Assembly of first F-22 aft section and wings begins at Boeing
Nov 2 Assembly of first F-22 integrated forebody begins in Marietta
1996
Jan 17 Boeing begins assembly of first shipset of wings
Aug 29 LMTAS commemorates completion of first mid-fuselage
Oct 8 First two flight test F119 engines delivered
Oct 16 Aft fuselage for first F-22 arrives at Marietta from Boeing
Oct 16 Fuselage mate started on first F-22
Nov 9 Wings for first F-22 arrive at Marietta from Boeing
Dec Electrical power applied to F-22 for first time
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1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003
1997
Mar 6 First F-22 (Aircraft 4001) moved to Hush House
Apr 9 F-22 Raptor rollout ceremony at Marietta
Aug 16 Low-speed taxi test completed
Sep 5 High-speed taxi test completed
Sep 7 First flight of F-22 Raptor, piloted by Paul Metz
Sep 14 Second flight of F-22, piloted by John Beesley
Nov 11 Popular Science designates F-22 as one of 100 Best of What’s New for 1997
1998
Feb 5 F-22 transported to Edwards AFB for flight test
Mar 31 YF-22 placed in the Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio
May 17 Formal flight testing at Edwards AFB begins
June 29 First flight of second F-22 (Aircraft 4002) at Marietta
July 30 First in-flight refueling of Aircraft 4001
Aug 26 Aircraft 4002 flies nonstop to Edwards AFB, piloted by Lt. Col. Steve Rainey
Oct 10 First flight at supersonic speed of Aircraft 4001
Nov 12 Avionics software manager final Block 2 CDR
Nov 23 First Block 1 integrated production software released to Flying Test Bed (FTB)
Nov 23 Lockheed Martin achieves congressionally mandated 183-flight-hour mark
1999
Mar 11 Boeing begins testing first avionics package aboard FTB
Apr 5 Tom Burbage leaves F-22 Team Program Office to become President of LMAS
Apr 26 Bob Rearden becomes LMAS Vice President and F-22 Team Program Office General Manager
Apr 29 Raptor 4002 flies first time with both main and side weapons bay doors open
May 4 Raptor 4002 records program’s 100th flight-test sortie
July 21 Raptor 4001 demonstrates supercruise for first time (Mach 1.5 approximately 1,110 mph for 3 minutes without the use of afterburners)
Aug 25 Raptor 4002 conducts 60-degree high angle of attack
Nov 23 F-22 KC-10 refueling qualification testing completed
Dec 21 500th flight-test hour accomplished
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2000
Mar 6 First flight of third F-22 (Aircraft 4003) at Marietta, piloted by Chuck Killberg
Mar 15 Aircraft 4003 flies nonstop to Edwards AFB, piloted by Lt. Col. Bill Craig
July 25 First AIM-9 launch from Aircraft 4002, piloted by Chuck Killberg
Oct 24 First Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) launch from Aircraft 4002, piloted by Lt. Col. “Doc” Nelson
Oct 31 Pratt & Whitney successfully completed 2, 150 TACx, 1/2 full hot section life
Nov 2 Raptor 4001 ferried from Edwards AFB to Wright-Patterson AFB to undergo live-fire testing
Nov 7 Successfully completed Air Vehicle Final Production Readiness Review
Nov 15 First flight of Aircraft 4004, the first avionics Raptor, piloted by Bret Luedke
2001
Jan 5 First flight Raptor 4005 at Marietta, piloted by Randy Neville
Jan 30 Raptor 4004, the first avionics aircraft, ferried to Edwards AFB
Feb 5 First flight of Raptor 4006 at Marietta, piloted by Al Norman
Mar 11 Raptor 4005 ferried to Edwards AF
Apr 17 F-22 successfully launched an AIM-9 missile while rolling at 60 degrees per second
Apr 18 F-22 Program reached 1,000th flight-test hour
May 17 Raptor 4003 successfully flew at maximum Mach
May 18 Raptor 4006 ferried to Edwards AFB; full afterburners were used for the first time on takeoff
June 13 F-22 becomes first tactical fighter to successfully launch an AIM-9 missile while rolling at 100 degrees per second
Aug 15 Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) unanimously recommended to proceed with F-22 Low-Rate Initial Production
Aug 22 Live-fire test on Raptor 4001 was conducted at Wright-Patterson AFB
Aug 23 Completes wing live-fire test
Sep 19 Lot 1 contract awarded $2.1B
Sep 21 First guided AMRAAM launch
Sep 26 First fit check of JDAM with 600-gallon fuel tank on pylon
Oct 15 Raptor 4007 first flight
Oct 24 DAE authorizes Lot 2 contract
Nov 14 Avionics software 3.0FT2.3 loaded first time
Nov 30 Last PRTVII mid-fuselage shipped to Marietta
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2002
Jan 5 Raptor 4007 ferried to Edwards AFB
Jan 31 Lot 2 production contract authorized
Feb 1 First time a Raptor pulls 9 gs
Feb 8 Raptor 4008 first flight
Mar 14 Successful AIM-9 missile shot at 5,000 ft, Mach 0.9
1st Qtr Conducted successful RCS test on Raptor 4002
Mar 27 EMD EAC submitted to SPO
Apr 5 DD250 completed on last EMD aircraft Raptor 4009
May 10 F-22 SPO directorship changes ­ Brig. Gen. Shackelford replaces Brig. Gen. Jabour
May 17 First lifetime fatigue test objectives completed
May 21 Arresting gear system test successful
May 28 Raptor 4004 ferries to Eglin AFB
May 30 Raptor 4004 enters climatic testing one day ahead of schedule
June 7 Raptor flight test completes 2,000 hours
June 11 Raptor 4009 completes dedicated logistics test and evaluation
July 26 Air combat simulation conducts first test readiness
Aug 2 First F-22 supersonic missile launch, AIM-9 at Mach 1.1
Aug 16 Successfully certified Block 3.1.1.0 software
Aug 21 First supersonic separation of AMRAAM, Mach 1.19
Aug 27 Generals Pearson and Shackelford approve avionics test replan
Sep 17 Raptor designation changed from F-22 to F-22, highlighting multimission capability
Sep 19 Conducted small diameter bomb fit check
Sep 28 Raptor 4003 completes three test sorties in one day
Oct 1 F-22 receives Aviation Quality Award for Aviation Week
Oct 12 First flight Raptor 4010 (first production aircraft)
Oct 23 DD250 of first production aircraft ­ Aircraft 4010
Oct 25 Stand-up of first F-22 Fighter Squadron at Tyndall AFB
Oct 30 Raptor 4003 completes first AIM-9 supersonic separation launch
Nov 5 First guided supersonic missile launch of AIM-120 AMRAAM (35K ft)
Nov 18 New F-22 POE and F-22 Program Director announced ­ Brig. Gen. Richard Lewis and Brig. Gen. Select Thomas J. Owen
Nov 26 DD250 of Aircraft 4011
Dec 19 First countermeasure flare flight test
Dec 28 First live-fire ground test from the Raptor
Dec 30 First flight of Raptor 4009
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2003
Jan 17 DD250 and delivery of Raptor 4012
Jan 17 First flight by operational pilot ­ Lt. Col. “Logger” Rose
Mar 4 First DIOT&E Raptor delivered to Edwards AFB
Apr 29 Raptor 4014 completes first flight and lands Code One
May 12 Raptor 4013 ferries to Nellis AFB
May 22 Raptor 4014 completes DD250
June 30 Raptor 4016 delivered to the USAF
July 8 Secretary of the USAF James Roche visits Marietta facility
Aug 21 Raptor 4017 delivered to USAF
Aug 29 Seven Raptors in the sky at the same time
Sep 1 CTF breaks 4,000 flight hours
Sep 22 First rolling high g AIM-9 shot from Raptor 4003
Sep 24 First flight Raptor 4019
Sep 26 Raptor 4018 DD250 and 3 hours later delivered to Tyndall AFB
Oct 10 Acceptance ceremony at Tyndall AFB for Raptor 4018


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