FT WORTH, TX, August 28th, 2002 -- F-22 4003 became the first Raptor used to successfully fire a radar-guided AIM-120 missile while flying faster than the speed of sound. During the Aug. 21 test mission from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Raptor 4003 launched the air-to-air missile while flying Mach 1.2 at 12,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. This latest success shows that the F-22 flight-test program continues to make progress and that the aircraft continue to meet or exceed their technical performance requirements. At present, seven F-22s are engaged in some sort of developmental test effort. The ninth aircraft, Raptor 4009 - the last developmental test aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force - is expected to join the flight-test fleet at Edwards AFB later this year. To date, the F-22 flight test program has achieved more than 2,273 test hours accumulated during more than 1,021 test missions. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. is a business area of Lockheed Martin Corp. [NYSE:LMT].
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leader in the design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-16, F-22, F-35 JSF, F-117, T-50, C-5, C-130, C-130J, P-3, S-3 and U-2.
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