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Reviving F-22 Raptor production a ‘non-starter’

January 28, 2016
A F-22 Raptor, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, increases altitude shortly after taking off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The previous record was 46 sorties in one day with 14 aircraft, this recorded was broken using only 12 of the 18 aircraft in the smallest F-22 squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

A F-22 Raptor, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, increases altitude shortly after taking off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich

The secretary of the air force has become the latest official to douse hopes of restarting Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor production, which was capped at 187 aircraft and closed in 2011.

The tooling and equipment needed to produce the twin-engine air-superiority fighter, which was barred from export because of its sophistication, remain in storage along with video instructions for various assembly processes.

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