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F-22 Raptor Chronology - 1991

January 17, 1996
Boeing begins assembly of the first shipset of wings for the first flyable F-22.

February 1996
Tests of the F-22's flight control laws begin in the Variable Stability In-flight Simulator Aircraft (VISTA), a highly modified, one-of-a-kind F-16D that, through a sophisticated control system, can emulate the flight characteristics of another airplane while in flight. These tests, which take place over upstate New York, are done in two sessions and are completed in May.

May 6, 1996
Pratt & Whitney begins assembly of the first flight test F119 engine at its Middletown, CN, facilities.

July 9, 1996
Pratt & Whitney begins assembly of the first flight test F119 engine.

July 10, 1996
Air Force defers the requirement for design and development of the two seat F-22B. All (nine) of the EMD F-22s are now single seat models.

August 29, 1996
Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth holds a ceremony to commemorate completion of the mid fuselage for the first flyable F-22.

September 6, 1996
The mid fuselage for the first flyable F-22 (Ship 1) arrives in Marietta after a four-day truck trip from Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth, Tex. Forward-to-mid fuselage mate operations then begin.

September 24, 1996
Pratt & Whitney announces that the first flight test F119-PW-100 engine has been delivered to the Air Force. It will first taken to Arnold AFB, Tenn., for testing and then it will be delivered to Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga.

October 1, 1996
Northrop Grumman (formerly Westinghouse) announces that the first developmental AN/APG-77, the electronically steered, active element, phased-array radar to be used in the F-22, begins system level integration and test.

October 8, 1996
First two flight test F119 engines are delivered to Marietta via truck.

October 16, 1996
Aft fuselage for the first flyable F-22 arrives in Marietta and mate operations begin. The aft fuselage was flown from Seattle on board a C-5 aircraft.

October 27, 1996
The completed fuselage of the first F-22, 4001, is lifted from the body mate tool to the wing mate tool.

November 9, 1996
The wings for 4001 arrive in Marietta and mate operations are completed two days later.

November 1996
Building L-64, Coatings/Finishes Building is completed. Also known as the "RCS" Building.

December 1996
Electrical power is applied to the F-22 for the first time.



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