F-22 Raptor Chronology - 1999
January 12, 1999
A new MiG fighter jet, conceived as a Russian response to the U.S. combat aircraft was unveiled. The Multi-Functional Fighter, known as "Project 1.42" in the West, is proclaimed by the MAPO-MiG company that produces it, to be able to outperform the F-22 Raptor.
18 July 1999
Georgia U.S. Senate and House members as well as senior Air Force officials led by Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) General Mike Ryan and AFMC Commander General George T. Babbitt announced their opposition to a 16 July vote by the House Appropriations Committee to cut $1.8 billion from the FY2000 F-22 Raptor production budget.
12 August 1999
DoD officials outlined the military pay provisions of the new Defense Authorization Act. Supported by the President and all major members of Congress, Air Force leaders expected the bill to pass during the final floor votes. Key to the package was a 4.8 percent military pay raise effective on 1 January 2000 and a one-time reform of the military pay tables effective on 1 July 2000. Experts predicted this would increase pay an additional average of 5.5 percent. Last, but not least, the bill restored production funding for the F-22 program removed in committee.
23 November 1999
The Air Force's next-generation air superiority fighter, the F-22 Raptor, successfully met a significant milestone at Edwards Nov. 23: logging 183 flight hours. Congress and DoD established the 183 flight-hour test milestone as a requirement to release funds needed for advanced buy of the first six production F-22s, or Lot 1.
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