HAMPTON, Va., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Feb. 3 at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, United States Air Force Maj. Kevin Heath will present "F-22 Raptor – Baseline Capabilities and Current Operations" at 2 p.m. in the Pearl Young Theater.
Heath, the Chief of Advanced Programs in the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, will discuss his background, the characteristics of the F-22, and give a summary of the aircraft's current and future operations.
Heath will be available to answer questions from the media during a news briefing at 1:15 p.m. that day. Media who wish to do so should contact Chris Rink at (757) 864-6786, or by e-mail at [email protected], by noon on the day of the talk for credentials and entry to the center.
On Sep. 23, 2014, F-22s participated in the first wave of coalition airstrikes against Islamic State group targets located in Syria marking the first combat weapons employment of the Raptor. Heath will provide a pilot's perspective of this event and other baseline capabilities of the F-22 which has been operational for nearly eight years.
As an instructor pilot on his third operational flying assignment, Heath has logged over 1200 hours in F-15C and F-22 aircraft. He has served assignments at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; and is currently mid-way through his 3-year assignment to Langley. His most recent deployment was to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Heath is a 2004 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy where he studied Economics and competed on the swim team.
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