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Raptors cleared to fly again

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- An F/A-22 Raptor (foreground) and an F-15 Eagle fly over Langley Air Force Base, Va., Jan. 7.  It was the Raptor's final flight before landing at its new home here.  The F/A-22 will be used as a training tool to keep 1st Fighter Wing maintainers proficient on the Raptor.  The wing's 27th Fighter Squadron pilots will begin flying operational missions later this month when the second Raptor arrives.  (Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Keith Reed)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- An F/A-22 Raptor (foreground) and an F-15 Eagle fly over Langley Air Force Base, Va., Jan. 7. It was the Raptor's final flight before landing at its new home here. The F/A-22 will be used as a training tool to keep 1st Fighter Wing maintainers proficient on the Raptor. The wing's 27th Fighter Squadron pilots will begin flying operational missions later this month when the second Raptor arrives. (Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Keith Reed)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- Air Force officials cleared the F/A-22 Raptor to resume flight operations Jan. 6 following a comprehensive review of procedural and engineering data.

One of the aircraft crashed Dec. 20 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., which caused a temporary halt to flying the most technologically advanced fighter in the world, officials said.

The investigation of the accident continues. However, enough information is available for Air Force officials to be highly confident in the design, testing and development of the F/A-22s. With about 7,000 flight hours already logged in the Raptor and an overwhelmingly positive safety record when compared to previous aircraft development programs, officials said they determined that flight operations can be safely resumed.

No one was injured in the Dec. 20 accident that destroyed the aircraft.

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