F-22 Raptor Chronology - 2003
Raptor 00-012, the first F/A-22 to be delivered directly to the command, was flown from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Nellis by Lt. Col. David Rose, chief of Nellis' F/A-22 integration office and ACC's first F/A-22 pilot. The command formally entered the F/A-22 operations realm Jan. 4 when maintainers from the 57th Wing's 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and operators from the 53rd Wing's 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron here completed the command's first F/A-22 sortie at Edwards.
A program milestone was reached when Pratt & Whitney delivered the 100th F119 engine at their production facility in Middletown, Conn. F119's trademarks have been on-time delivery and on-target engine unit cost in every lot procured to date.
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