Family of systems is the way of the future, no sense in bringing the F-22 back when we need to keep the edge sharp RE: China.I cannot help but think the F-22 is a huge lost opportunity and it really does not have to be that way. Or perhaps it does and logic is upside down.
Back in 2016 the USAF produced a report on bringing the F-22 back into production. Cost then projected to be $10bn and if funded from FY20 could be in service in 2027. And no doubt the electronics will need overhauled/replaced/redeveloped even if the airframe can be manufactured.
Eh this is the same argument they made for a modified F-15 before the F-22 became operational. I love the Raptor and its a damn shame we didn't buy what we really needed. But we can't keep dragging old air frames along. Keep it updated but we really need to push ahead with the NGAD system.F-35 systems and RAM would basically make it an F-22-2. How long of an over run will there be for the next aircraft?
To ensure that it remains relevant for years to come, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex’s 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, through collaborative efforts of the F-22 System Program Office along with partners Lockheed Martin and Boeing, recently completed the last aircraft to go through the F-22 Structural Repair Program that has been generating aircraft for the last 14 years.
“This is a great milestone for the program,” said Misty Stone, 574th AMXS director. “Since Hill Air Force Base gained the F-22 workload in 2006, the 574th AMXS team of 400 employees has remained focused and dedicated on expanding the combat capabilities of the F-22 weapon system,”
The program was responsible for increasing mission capabilities by performing structural modifications to increase total flying hour serviceability on each aircraft by 8,000 hours.
The maintenance team processed 247 F-22 Raptors through six unique maintenance machines for structural repair, modification, coatings restoration and aircraft damage repair while completing more than 8,645 Time Compliance Technical Orders totaling over 3,880,000 hours; approximately 1,550,000 hours were dedicated to coating restoration, with the remaining 2,328,000 hours focused on mitigating corrosion, aircraft modifications, modernization and repair.
The 574th maintenance team processed 135 F-22 Raptors through six unique maintenance machines for structural repair, modification, coatings restoration and aircraft damage repair while completing thousands of hours of Time Compliance Technical Orders. In addition, hundreds of thousands of hours were dedicated to coating restoration, mitigating corrosion, aircraft modifications, modernization and repair.
With the program completed, the 574th AMXS will shift from a workload that was a structural based requirement to a 10-year reversion workload, which is a new sustainment modification that was first prototyped in 2019.
awesome pic, kind of wish the F-22 would stay in that primer color
I've a question about primer
why do these three have different color primers? any specific reason or is it just a choice? or is it because of the specific type of composite leads to different coloring?
The brown on the F-22 is just an expoxy primer that led to corrosion problems. The mint green now used has barium and strontium chromate corrosion inhibitors added. This isn't secret stuff, you can get it from any aerospace paint provider.
An emergency arrestor hook is carried on the F-16, F-15, and F-22 for emergency landings at air bases equipped with emergency use only arrestor cable setups. These aircraft are not intended to use this method for regular landings and are not structurally able to handle the violent deceleration of an arrested landing without significant problems.It looks like a plane that could take off and land on an aircraft carrier?