The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: F-22A Raptor

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Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin, Boeing

Function: Air Dominance, Multi-Role Fighter

Service Date: 2002 

Speed: Mach 2.25 Supercruise: Mach 1.82

Crew: One

Production: 187 Inventory: 183

Commentary: The F-22A reached IOC in December 2005, and on Jan. 21, 2006, it flew its first operational sortie from Langley AFB, Va., as part of Noble Eagle. The Pentagon has capped production at 187 aircraft, with final delivery expected in 2012.