Lockheed F-22A Raptor – Raptor 01 / Spirit of America, 412th TW USAF, Edwards AFB 1997
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA2811b: Lockheed F-22A Raptor #91-4001 “Raptor 01 / Spirit of America” of the 412th Tactical Wing USAF, Edwards AFB, CA, 1997. Production run of 800 models.
Length 10.25 inches Wingspan 7.5 inches
In 1986 Northrop and Lockheed Martin were each awarded a demonstration and concept validation contract. The Lockheed YF-22 won over Northrop’s YF-23. The YF-22 first flew on September 29, 1990 with the flight of the first production F-22 “Raptor” taking place on September 7, 1997. This aircraft was number 91-4001 with a serial of 91-001 and named “Spirit of America”. In October 1997 91-001 went to Edwards AFB in California for testing. What started with 91-001 ended in 2012 when the last planned 195th F-22 was delivered (8 pre production and 187 production examples)
Designed to meet a US Air Force requirement for an Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) to replace the F-15 Eagle, the F-22 was first flown on September 29th, 1990. The USAF’s ATF program aimed to produce a fifth-generation air superiority fighter that would be better matched against emerging new aircraft such as the Su-27 Flanker. The F-22 uses stealth technology and can function in air superiority, ground attack, intelligence and electronic warfare roles. Despite its capabilities, the F-22 program was relatively short-lived; by 2010 its high cost coupled with the development of the F-35 (a more versatile and less expensive aircraft) led to a cessation of F-22 production funding.