The 8th Fighter Squadron at Holloman AFB, N.M., has taken delivery of the first of its 20 planned F-22 fighters. This aircraft, the unit’s new flagship, arrived Dec. 21. It was formerly assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB, Va. Holloman’s 49th FW is scheduled to receive 40 F-22s. Its 7th FS, sister unit to the 8th FS, is nearing its full complement of 20. The 8th FS, known as the “Black Sheep,” should have its 20 F-22s in place in about one year, 49th FW spokeswoman SrA. Rachel Kocin told the Daily Report Dec. 23. The unit had been without aircraft since April 2008, when it retired its F-117s. Holloman is also under consideration to host F-35 strike fighters. Air Force officials have said if F-35s end up there, they might relocate the F-22s. (Holloman report by SSgt. Sanjay Allen)
The Collaborative Combat Aircraft will be operational in the late 2020s, several years before the Next-Generation Air Dominance family of systems, Air Force officials told the House Armed Services tactical aviation panel. The CCAs will first be “shooters,” then electronic warfare platforms, then sensors, in that order, they added.