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F-22 Raptor Chronology - 1998

January 5, 1998
Air Force issued Request for Proposal for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lots 1 and 2 and LRIP Program Support. Response due March 16.

January 21, 1998
Government Accounting Office met in L-22 Conference Center for on-site review of Air Force Plant 6. Review is in response to the Authorization Bill requirement for annual GAO report (by March 15 each year) on F-22 program status.

January 23, 1998
Wings removed from 4001 this week and being prepared for shipment in wing crates salvaged from Boeings 4002 shipment to LMAS. 4001 is scheduled to be transported via C-5 to EAFB to begin preparation for EMD flight test.

February 4, 1998
Air Force C-5 arrived in Marietta to pick up Ship Serial 4001 for transport to Edwards Air Force Base

February 5, 1998
The C-5 with the F-22 on board departed Marietta just prior to noon today, 11 days ahead of scheduled February 16 departure.

February 25, 1998
The Honorable F. Whitten Peters, Acting Secretary of the Air Force, visited LMAS. Flew Concept Demonstrator.

March 16, 1998
F-22 Team delivered proposal volumes for Lots 1 and 2 and Program Support to System Program Office in Dayton, as planned. Cost volumes are scheduled for August delivery.

March 30, 1998
The 14-volume Affordability Analysis 1997/1998 was submitted to the SPO, one day ahead of scheduled submittal date.

March 31, 1998
In a formal ceremony, the YF-22 prototype aircraft was placed on public display at the Dayton Air Force Museum. F-22 SPO Director Brigadier General Mike Mushala signed over the aircraft documents to the museum.

April 6, 1998
LM Aeronautical Sector President Micky Blackwell and Tom Burbage met with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Mrs. Darleen Druyun to discuss the Production Target Price Curve (TPC). They reached agreement on a revised TPC satisfactory to Lockheed Martin and the Air Force.

April 17, 1998
Aircraft 4002 moved to L-10 Building at Flight Line.

April 22, 1998
Auxiliary power unit runs began at Edwards on reassembled aircraft 4001.

May 12, 1998
Test Team at Edwards completed 30 and 60-knot taxi tests.

May 15, 1998
High-speed taxi testing completed on 4001at EAFB.

May 17, 1998
Lt. Colonel Steve Rainey piloted Raptor 01 (Ship 4001) in 1.2 hour flight (flight Number 3), marking beginning of EMD formal flight test. Test objectives were flying qualities envelope expansion, speed brake handling qualities, and formation flying qualities. All test points were flown precisely as briefed and the flight was a successful test mission.

May 20, 1998
Initial engine runs successfully conducted on 4002.

May 29, 1998
Flight Number 4 of aircraft 4001 at Edwards, 1.0 hours with Paul Metz in the cockpit.

June 1, 1998
Major General Claude M. Bolton, Jr., replaced Lt. General Bob Raggio as Program Executive Officer -- Fighters and Bombers.

June 19, 1998
Mrs. Darleen Druyun at Marietta for F-22 program review.

June 29, 1998
Aircraft 4002 initial flight at Marietta, scheduled 7-9-98, ten days early. Paul Metz was the pilot.

July 2, 1998
Government signed contract for two Production Readiness Test Vehicles (PRTV) and a separate contract for related program support. Production contract includes options for PRTV full award in December 1998, Advance Procurement for six Lot 1 Production aircraft in December 1998, and Lot 1 full award of Production aircraft in December 1999. The Program Support Contract includes options for program support to correspond with full award on PRTV and Lot 1.

July 30, 1998
Aircraft 4001 in-flight refueling at 20,000 feet, 300 knots (pilot ñ Lt. Col. Steve Rainey).

August 4, 1998
Aircraft 4001 completed aerial refueling qualification at 30,000 ft, 300 KCAS. Pilot -- Jon Beesley.

August 12, 1998
Satellite media tour at Marietta. Media reporters across the United States call in via satellite and conduct live interviews with test pilots Chick Killberg (Boeing), Jon Beesley (LMTAS) and Lt. Colonel Steve Rainey (USAF).

August 23, 1998
USAF pilot Lt. Colonel Steve Rainey flew 4002 in an aerial refueled endurance flight of 4.6 hours.

August 26, 1998
Lt. Colonel Steve Rainey piloted Aircraft 4002 in the 4.5-hour ferry flight to Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft was accompanied by two KC-135 tankers and an F-15 and F-16 chase plane piloted by Paul Metz and Jon Beesley, respectively. As Raptor 02 neared EAFB, the Test Team sent 4001 on its scheduled test flight so both F-22s were aloft at the same time, the first time this event has occurred.

August 31, 1998
An era in the F-22 program ended today as Don Herring transitioned from 11 years of guiding the program to assume duties as LMAS Vice President of Engineering.

October 1, 1998
The "Don Herring IPT of the Quarter" award is established by adding Don Herring to the award title. The Airworthiness and Delivery Team led by Vinny Devino was winner of the first renamed honor.

October 3, 1998
Aircraft 4002 was on static display at the air show at Edwards Air Force Base. Reports indicate the airplane was the most popular exhibit at the show. This was the first time one of the Raptors has been on public display.

October 10, 1998
Lockheed Martin test pilot Jon Beesley broke the sound barrier in aircraft 4001 during a 2.8-hour flight that reached speed of 1.1 Mach. When the Raptor 4001 reached Mach speed it was flying in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base at an altitude of 29,000 feet at approximately 3:25 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Total flight time on this aircraft is 45.0 hours; supersonic time is approximately 20 minutes.

November 12, 1998
Avionics Software Manager (ASM) final Block 2 Critical Design Review (CDR) was held one week early.

November 23, 1998
The first Block 1 integrated production software was released to the Flying Test Bed (FTB) 2 weeks early.

November 23, 1998
Lockheed Martin met the congressionally-mandated 183 flight hour mark more than a month ahead of schedule and three days before a target date set my Air Force Chief of Staff General Michael Ryan.

December 28, 1998
The Air Force exercised a firm fixed price contract option with Lockheed Martin totaling approximately $503 million for two F-22 production representative test vehicle (PRTV) aircraft and associated program support for calendar year 1999. The PRTVV deliveries are scheduled to commence in November 2001 and continue through January 2002.

December 30, 1998
Lockheed Martin received a firm fixed price contract option for the advance procurement of six Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) aircraft totaling approximately $189 million.



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