Crashed and repaired F-22 relaunch set for May 3

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An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is set to fly May 3 for the first time since its mishap in 2018.

Aircraft 146 crashed at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, in April 2018 due to pilot error, before it was scheduled to participate in a Top Gun graduation ceremony. The pilot was unharmed.

The F-22 was later disassembled and transported back to JBER for a thorough analysis to decide if it should be restored.

Restoration began in January of 2020, but the contractors, engineers, and structural personnel faced challenges acquiring certain parts since the F-22 airframe is no longer manufactured. Instead, they had to harvest functional parts from other aircraft that are no longer in service, which has caused delays in the restoration.

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Members of the media are invited to attend the relaunch on May 3 at 8:30 a.m. Please RSVP no later than 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 by calling the 673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, Media Section, at (907) 551-8995 or email