USAF F-22A Raptor 325 FW, 2008 Hobby Master HA2820 scale 1:72
Highly detailed Hobby Master pre-painted diecast metal model
Aircraft: Lockheed F-22 Raptor
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.
Lockheed F-22A Raptor 02-4040 “The Pride Of Bay County” was delivered on March 22, 2005 and then in 2006 was assigned to the 43rd FS “Hornets” as part of the 325 FW located at Tyndale AFB. The 43rd FS received the first F-22 in 2003 and its primary function is to provide F-22 pilots with advanced air-dominance training. The 43rd FS was organized in 1917 and saw combat during WW I, WW II, Vietnam and formed part of the Alaskan Air Command during the Cold War.
First flight - September 7, 1997
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) pilo