Costly Work Ahead For F-22

Two F-22 Raptors fly a Northern Edge 2008 training mission over Alaska May 8, 2008. The aircraft are from the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mikal Canfield)

When officials told reporters Monday that they had deployed F-22 fighter jets in the Middle East for the first time, it was downplayed as “a very normal deployment.” But when it comes to the F-22, there’s very little “normal” about it.