F-22 Raptor Chronology - 2000
27 January 2000
In a press conference at the Bayside Enlisted Club, Air Force officials announced that Langley Air Force Base was the ?preferred alternative? as the first operational home for the F-22 Raptor.
In August 2000, F-22 Raptor 4002 successfully completes another major test milestone by flying a series of maneuvers with its weapons bay doors open. The maneuvers, performed by Lockheet test pilot Jon Beesley, included 360-degree rolls and full pedal sideslips.
The Pratt & Whitney F119 engine for the Air Force's new Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter successfully met a major Initial Service Release test milestone. The Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) criteria for Initial Service Release of the Raptor's engine was to complete one half of 4,330 Total Accumulated Cycle (TAC) tests by December 2000. A TAC is a measure that takes the jet engine from one power setting to another and then back to the original setting. The Air Force and Pratt & Whitney team at the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. completed 2,168 TACs on October 31.
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