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Final Lockheed Martin F-22 soars over north Atlanta
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Final Lockheed Martin F-22 soars over north Atlanta

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The last F-22 Raptor took to the clear skies over north Atlanta on Wednesday for the first time to begin a one month evaluation.

Built at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant in Marietta, this final F-22 is destined for delivery to an Air Force base in Alaska in May.

Long time F-22 test pilot Bret Luedke was behind the controls of the single seat jet on her maiden flight from the plant's nearby runway at Dobins, ARB.

The aeronautics company stated this Raptor's first flight was successful.

The Raptor is America's combat superiority in the air featuring the ability to cruise at over the speed of sound undetected over a greater range than that of the F-16. The latest glass cockpit controls and stealth technology has made the Raptor a pilot's favorite in recent years.

The aircraft will receive a new paint job in mid-April to turn the tested bird from aqua to gray.

Raptor 4195 will receive a ceremonial send off on May 2 from the Lockheed plant as hundreds of employees and guests bid farewell to their newest bird to leave the nest.

 

(Charles Atkeison covers science & technology which impacts Georgia for NBC 11Alive.com. Follow his updates via Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)

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