In a bipartisan appeal, leading members of the House Armed Services Committee called on Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Oct. 31, 2008, to release funds authorized for the F-22 in Fiscal 2009 to enable continued production of the aircraft until the new Administration decides its fate early next year. Here, members of the 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, look over a newly arrived F-22 at the base, Aug. 13, 2008.
Air Force photo by SrA. Jonathan Steffen
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