The debate over how many F-22s are needed to fill US military requirements continues. During Congressional testimony April 29, 2009, former Air Combat Command boss retired Gen. Richard Hawley told lawmakers that the current military requirement is 381. He said that is based on prevailing national defense and military strategies. Any other number, he said, is "based on no analysis whatsoever." Changes to the number must await "full and open debate" on a new force-sizing construct. Here, Raptor aircraft with the 94th Fighter Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., fly in 10-ship formation Aug. 17, 2007, in celebration of the squadron's 90th birthday.
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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