First Raptor Supersonic AIM-9X Launch


    F-22 from the Combined Test Force (CTF) at Edwards AFB performs the first supersonic launch of an AIM-9X from an F-22 in supersonic flight. Maj Howland Ryan is at the control, cruising at 1.2 Mach. Photo: Lockheed Martin

    The first AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile launch from an F-22 Raptor traveling at supersonic speeds was carried out on July 30, 2012, over the Sea Test Range at Point Mugu, Calif. Maj. Ryan Howland of the F-22 Combined Test Force at Edwards AFB, California, was at the controls. The first launch of an AIM-9X from the F-22 was carried out in May 2012. This test firing was part of the flight testing and integration of the AIM-9X on the Raptor, expected to run through 30 August 2013.

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