The First Flight of the Last F-22 Raptor
The last of the world’s first fifth-generation jet fighter, the F-22 Raptor, rolled off the assembly line in December of last year. Back in 1994, there were meant to be 750 of the stealthy high-tech fighters built, but that number has dwindled over ballooning costs and concerns that the conflict the F-22 was designed for just hasn’t materialized. In the end, 187 operational fighters were built. The last Raptor, number 4195, took its first flight this past Wednesday in Georgia.