Updated: Wednesday, 02 May 2012, 11:21 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 02 May 2012, 5:27 AM EDT
MARIETTA, Ga. - It was a big moment for the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta. The plant delivered the final F-22 warplane to the United States Air Force on Wednesday.
Thousands in the area were employed to build the plane in recent years.
Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and Senator Johnny Isakson joined Lockheed Martin executives at the event held at the plant located on South Cobb Drive.
The aircraft, which rolled off the assembly line in December, will be based at joint base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska.
F-22 Raptors are assigned to several U.S. bases, among them Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.
According to the Lockheed Martin website, the F-22 is the only fighter capable of simultaneously conducting air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions.