The last F-22 built for the Air Force arrived at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, completing the beddown of the Raptor fleet. Lt. Col. Paul Moga, commander of Elmendorf-Richardson’s 525th Fighter Squadron, piloted the jet on its eight-hour, non-stop flight from Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Marietta, Ga., on May 5. “It’s good to have this jet where it belongs,” said Moga, who will fly this aircraft as the squadron’s flagship. The Air Force accepted Raptor 4195 on May 2 during a ceremony in Marietta. (Elmendorf-Richardson release)
Reports of production troubles on the SpaceX rocket that could contend for military cargo deliveries happened to coincide with a different company’s concept receiving an early nod—one that might not require a rocket at all.