The Air Force Chief-of-Staff has delivered to Congress the approved answer on why the F-22 Raptor did not see action in the opening days of the Libyan adventure – it was too far away:
Lockheed Martin Corp. F-22 fighters haven’t been used over Libya to attack air defenses or counter Libyan jets because they’re not based in the region, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz said.
“Had the F-22 been stationed in Europe, in proximity and therefore more available, it undoubtedly would have been used,” Schwartz told the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee today. Because the Libya operation “came together fairly rapidly, the judgment was made to apply the various resources we had in close proximity.”
“Came together fairly rapidly” is milspeak for “mad scramble”, by the way.
In case you had any lingering doubts.