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Too bad there are only 168 in service now with a planned fleet of 187 total. Great aircraft.
On the other hand, the F-35 Lighting II, also a Lockheed Martin plane, is well into it's first production roll out. The F-35 has been compared to the 60's era F-4 Phantom which was a very successful multi-role, multi-service fighter.
Actually, several Lockheed engineers that I know and have worked with for over twenty years. There are a lot of elements from the F-22 in the F-35.
Hey, I'm just going on what I've been told by people who, in theory, should know. Part of the F-35's problem is the traditional inter-service feuds, Navy vs Marines and Air Force against everybody. That also happened with the F-4 Phantom if you are old enough to remember all the hoo-ha about that.
The F-22 lost the F/A designation in 2005.
That was a cheap parlor trick the Air Force tried to use to due to its cost as a fighter. By giving the attack designator, they were trying to mimic the Navy and make everyone feel better about the cost.