USAF Still Eyes Five Bases For F-22
by Jim Mathews
06/09/00 09:13:38 AM U.S. EDT
All five bases on the U.S. Air Force’s initial list of potential first homes for the new F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter are still on the list following the first phase of public meetings, and the next round of community meetings is set to begin next month.
Eglin AFB and Tyndall AFB, Fla., Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, Langley AFB, Va., and Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, “continue to be reasonable alternatives for the F-22 and should be analyzed in more detail in the draft Environmental Impact Statement,” the USAF says, though Langley remains the service’s first choice.
“Public involvement is a critical element in the Environmental Impact Analysis Process,” said EIS Program Manager Brenda Cook at Langley. “ The issues of interest the public identifies will help determine what will be analyzed in the draft EIS.”
The USAF wants all comments in hand by the end of September.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-22 to replace F-15Cs reaching the end of their service lives. AF officials propose an initial F-22 bed-down of 72 operational aircraft grouped into three squadrons. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2004.