187 Really Means 186

A program of record to buy 187 F-22s will actually leave the Air Force with 186 Raptors when the production run is complete after factoring F-22 losses to date, the service tells the Daily Report. The most recent crash of an F-22 in March at Edwards AFB, Calif., involved a test aircraft that was “not part of the official program of record,” according to Air Force spokeswoman Karen Platt. (That crash took the life of Lockheed Martin test pilot David Cooley.) Conversely, the non-fatal crash of an F-22 at Nellis AFB, Nev., in December 2004, did involve a Raptor that was a part of the program of record. The net loss to the program of record is one. “Therefore, the fleet will be 186 aircraft when complete,” said Platt.