Final F-22 Raptor rolls off assembly line.

An F-22 Raptor shows the crowd how it remains stealthy…

An F-22 Raptor shows the crowd how it remains stealthy while carrying weapons in flight by cycling it’s weapons bay doors during the 50th Anniversary Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward I. Fagg/Released)

The final Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday and was commemorated with a ceremony recognizing contributions from thousands of people associated with the design and construction of the fleet.

This F-22 Raptor (Lockheed Martin tail number 4195) now moves into production flight check and will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 2012, completing the operational fleet at 187 jets.

Operational F-22s are based at Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Air Force F-22 units have deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan, and Andersen AFB, Guam, as part of rotational deployments designed to enhance security in the Pacific theater. The Raptor has conducted joint and coalition training both stateside and overseas in locations including the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Keith Stein for DC Aviation News Examiner.

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