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Gathering of Eagles marks F-22 first flight anniversary

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The Flight Test Historical Foundation will be hosting the Gathering of Eagles event Oct. 21. The event will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the F-22 aircraft’s first flight which took place Oct. 7, 1997.

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A Gathering of Eagles: Paul Metz

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Paul Metz was assigned to the Advanced Tactical Fighter program in the summer of 1986 and worked on the proposal that was one of two accepted by the U.S. Air Force to build the first stealthy air superiority fighter. A Demonstration and Validation or DEMVAL program was initiated to show how the technology for an…

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A Gathering of Eagles: Chuck Killberg

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Chuck Killberg first soloed as a college student in 1964, beginning an aviation career spanning more than 50 years. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1971, flew F-4 combat missions in Southeast Asia in 1973, and was an F-4 and F-15 instructor and Functional Check Pilot in West Germany and the United States. In…

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A Gathering of Eagles: Bret Luedke

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Bret Luedke is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and the USAF Test Pilot School Class 88B. After graduation from the Test Pilot School, Bret flew flight test in the F-16 at Edwards Air Force Base for several years before being assigned to the school as an instructor pilot in the High…

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A Gathering of Eagles: Randall L. Neville

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Randy Neville recently retired from Boeing where he had been the chief pilot for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In that role, Randy was responsible for engineering flight-test activities related to all Boeing 787 airplane models, including working with engineering teams on the design requirements for current models and derivatives. Neville worked on the 787 from…

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A Gathering of Eagles: James E. Brown III

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Jim Brown graduated “With Distinction” from the Virginia Military Institute in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy University, and completed graduate study in Mechanical Engineering with California State University–Fresno. Following two European tours flying the F-4 and F-5, he was selected to attend the…

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A Gathering of Eagles: Steve “Hooter” Rainey

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Steve Rainey is a 1980 Engineering Mechanics graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., and flew F-4s at Ramstien Air Base, Germany. Rainey received his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami and graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1991…

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A Gathering of Eagles: In Memoriam

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David P. Cooley, LtCol (USAF, retired) Dave “Cools” Cooley was born Feb. 15, 1960, at RAF Mildenhall in England. He was a 1982 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy where he met his wife Sheyla. He began his flying career as an operational F-111 pilot. Cools first became involved with test flying in…

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A Gathering of Eagles: The F-22 Raptor today …

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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase An F-22A Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range during Red Flag 15-3 at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 31, 2015. Red Flag gives aircrews and air support operations service members from various airframes,…

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A Gathering of Eagles: Design evolution of the F-22 Raptor

Posted October 21, 2017 by Eric Hehs

Illustration showing the design evolution of the F-22 Raptor. Lockheed had done the first studies by the early 1970s for a ‘superstealth’ air-to-ground attack airplane for the U.S. Navy. Lockheed used superstealth to refer to a significant improvement in an aircraft’s stealth characteristics. – Bart Osborne, program manager for Lockheed Tactical Systems in 1972 A…

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