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Posted: 9/14/2004 8:18:21 AM EDT
F/A-22 Drops JDAM Successfully (Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2004)
[USAF News Release, Sept. 14, 2004]

Washingon - An F/A-22 Raptor flying at 30,000 feet dropped a satellite-guided 1,000 lb Joint Direct Attack Munition, successfully hitting its designated ground target on Sept. 2, 2004, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

This developmental test marked the first complete mission demonstration of the Raptor's air-to-ground attack capability.

"The F/A-22 will be able to conduct both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks when it reaches Initial Operational Capability, currently planned for December 2005," said Major General Rick Lewis, Program Executive Officer for the F/A-22 Program.

The F/A-22's transformational combination of stealth, supercruise, advanced maneuverability, and integrated avionics provides increased first-look, first-kill capability against enemy aircraft and next generation surface to air missiles.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 8:23:39 AM EDT
Wow, it sure does take along time to get an aircraft active these days. Seems like they are out dated before they fly their first mission
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 9:46:57 AM EDT
What is "super criuse" ?
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 9:51:48 AM EDT
The ability of the engines to push the plane to supersonic speed without going to afterburners.
Effectively: Much better gas mileage while above Mach 1.

Link Posted: 9/14/2004 3:54:47 PM EDT
I saw the video of the bomb hitting the target last week at work, perfect bullseye hit.
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