Code One, Volume 11, Number 1, January 1998 Page: 32
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F-22 Flies Again
With the first flight of the F-22 came
a whirlwind of attention-top military
officials, corporate executives, politi-
cal leaders, flanked by a legion of avia-
tion writers all waiting for the wings.
The flight went smoothly, an aviation
milestone. But don't kill your engines '
just yet-the flights are far from over.
A week after the first flight by pilot
Paul Metz on 7 September, a second Jon Beesley pil
test was flown by Lockheed Martin on its second fl
test pilot Jon Beesley. This thirty-
minute flight went to 15,000 feet. Beesley put the aircraft
through a number of drills, including formation flying,
handling qualities, and takeoffs and landings.
He was impressed. "It's a remarkable aircraft," he said.
"It's very comfortable to fly. This is the most highly inte-
grated aircraft I've ever flown. I'm impressed with the
fact that we were able to retain many of the characteris-
tics from the YF-22. We're putting into practice what a lot
of people are still researching."
Ground testing continues on the first aircraft
at Marietta, said Maynard Johnson, director of
F-22 System Test. Work includes calibration,
ground vibration testing, and structural modi-
fications to incorporate the latest design
W changes to expand the flight envelope.
Extensive flight testing is expected to begin in
late February at Edwards AFB in California.
Though out of the F-22 cockpit for a time,
e F-22 Beesley is seeing plenty of action on the
ground. He is involved in a number of areas,
including software fixes, development work,
and logging more time in the simulator lab.
Beesley says to look beyond the cockpit for the "real
heroes" behind the success of the F-22. "It's all the peo-
ple of the Air Force and Lockheed Martin who pulled
together as a team to make this happen," he said. "It was
a big step to get where we are today, but we still have a
lot left to do. Now we have to do some polishing, and
continue to make it shine."
32 January 1998
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