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Raptor 4002 Joins Raptor 4001
Memorandum for Correspondents, August 25, 1998.
The second F-22 fighter, known as Raptor 4002, will fly nonstop from Dobbins Air Force Base, Ga., to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., where it will join the first Raptor -- Raptor 4001 -- for flight testing. The ferry flight is expected to occur this week.
Arrival of 4002 at Edwards represents the program's next major flight test milestone. To date, the test program has met all its requirements, many of which have been met earlier than expected.
Combined, Raptors 4001 and 4002 have flown 34 flights totaling 50.4 hours at Edwards and Dobbins. Thus far, F-22 test pilots have flown at altitudes as high as 40,000 feet, 16 degrees angle of attack and .95 Mach.
Widely regarded as a revolutionary leap in military technology, the F-22's combination of stealth, integrated avionics, maneuverability, and supercruise (supersonic flight without afterburner) will give Raptor pilots a "first-look, first-shot, first-kill" capability against the aircraft of any potential enemy. The F-22 is designed to provide not just air superiority, but air dominance, winning quickly and decisively with few U. S. and Allied casualties.