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F-22 Raptor Chronology - 1994

February 10, 1994
Air Force reduces the number of production F-22s to be procured from 648 to 422 as a result of downsizing of the military.

March 4, 1994
It is announced that the F-22 Air Force/industry design team has identified some shortfalls in the aircraft's radar cross section (RCS) signature. The shortfalls, which were identified through a new computer modeling technique, are mitigated by late spring though an intensive effort. The fixes involve reducing the number of drain holes on the bottom of the aircraft and combining access panels.

October 6, 1994
Charles Wilkey, a milling machine operator, begins fabrication of the first part LASC is building for the first flyable F-22. The aluminum part is an engine inlet dust frame segment.

November 1994
Acquisition of F119 flight test engine long-lead time hardware is initiated.

December 9, 1994
Secretary of Defense William Perry announces $8 billion in budget changes to seven DoD modernization programs. These include a 10 percent reduction in the FY 96 research and development funding for the F-22. This cut forces a third rephase of the program.

December 1994
Lockheed Fort Worth Company begins fabrication of the first graphite composite parts for the first mid fuselage of the first flyable F-22. This initial composite parts fabrication follows an extensive risk reduction program that began early in the EMD phase.



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