F-22 Raptor – Baseline Capabilities and Current Operations
Major Kevin Heath, USAF
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Pearl Young Theater
(video) within the Langley firewall only
On September 23, 2014, F-22’s participated in the first wave of coalition airstrikes against ISIL targets located in Syria. This event marked the first combat weapons employment of the F-22 Raptor, which has been operational for nearly 8 years. Major Heath will discuss his background, F-22 characteristics, the baseline capabilities of the F-22, and provide a brief summary of current and projected future operations with the F-22. He will attempt to provide the operator’s perspective on things related to the F-22 and will save time for Q and A from the audience.
Major Kevin Heath is the Chief of Advanced Programs, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA. As an instructor Pilot on his third operational flying assignment, Maj Heath has logged over 1200 hours in F-15C and F-22 aircraft. He has served assignments at Kadena AB, Okinawa Japan, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, and is currently mid-way through his 3 year assignment to Langley AFB, VA. He has deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan and most recently to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Major Heath is a 2004 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy where he studied Economics and competed on the swim team. Major Heath is married to Katie Heath and they have two children, Olivia (6) and Gavin (4.5).
Doris Hamill is hosting our speaker this month.