60 Facts About the F-22 Raptor That Will Blow You Away

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First flight was on September 7th, 1997

The F-22 Raptor is one of the most secretive planes in existence. The military doesn't want you to know much about this stealth monster, but that's why we are here today. Here are 30 facts about the iconic aircraft that will blow you off the tarmac!

On that Sunday morning, the F-22 EMD aircraft took it's long anticipated first flight.  The idea for the F-22 had taken root some 15 years prior to that initial trip, when it became evident that the US Air Force needed to fill the gap to replace the F-15. Prototypes, YF-22 and YF-23 were flown in 1990, and the road to 1997 was set.

Throughout the 90's, the plane was assembled piece by piece. Fabrication for the first part of the flyable F-22 started in 1993.

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