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Throwback Thursday: Lockheed Martin F-22 assembly

An overhead crane moves a F-22 midfueslage assembly from one fixture to another at the Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems plant in Fort Worth.
An overhead crane moves a F-22 midfueslage assembly from one fixture to another at the Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems plant in Fort Worth.

In 1997, Lockheed Martin was getting ready for the first flight of its F-22.

The company had won the competition for the fighter in 1991 and gave the midfuselage project to Fort Worth when it bought the plant from General Dynamics in 1993.

This photo appeared in April, 1997 in the Star-Telegram with the caption, “An overhead crane moves a F-22 midfuselage assembly from one fixture to another at the Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems plant in Fort Worth.”

An article about the project described the F-22 area of the plant as off-limits to unescorted visitors with a red blinking light that goes off when an outsider is in the marked area.

“The F-22 is, at the moment, the most advanced thing being built at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth. The plant doesn't have the entire project. The front section is fabricated at Lockheed Martin's Marietta plant, and the back and tail are built by Boeing Co. in Seattle,” the Star-Telegram article said.

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