12:00 AM, December 14, 2011
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The final Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-22 Raptor rolled off the assembly line here today and was commemorated with a ceremony recognizing contributions from thousands of people associat ed with the design and construction of the Raptor fleet. This F-22 Raptor (Lockheed Martin tail number 4195) now moves into production flight check and will deliver to the U.S. Air Force in 2012, completing the operational fleet at 187 jets. “This event honors the many men and women of Team Raptor who have taken this plane from concept to reality,” said Jeff Babione, vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s F-22 program. “For the last 17 years, regardless of the challenges, they always remained singularly focused, delivering the world’s greatest fighter. Each Raptor – from the first jet to last jet – is a reflection of the dedication, hard work and professionalism of our workforce.”****
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