F-22 Raptor

The F-22 Raptor has been in the news lately. In fact the reason for me to write about this 5th generation fighter aircraft is 'coz I received couple of emails regarding its historic delivery to the Langley Air Force Base. I had read this article a while back so was intrigued to research more as to why suddenly it has resurfaced. Of course we don't know the source of this emergence of interest but here's how the article goes ... {Disclaimer: this article is a reproduction ... if you are the owner and don't want it reproduced, please contact us and that portion will be removed.}

These are Great In-flight Photos of the F/A-22 as the first Aircraft Delivery was being made to Langley AFB in Va. Langley is to be first Operational AFB for the F/A-22. It is a very beautiful AFB, located in a picturesque location, as you can see in these photos, near Norfolk and Hampton, Va.

The Aircraft flying along with the F/A-22 in the last

of these photos is the F-15, which will be replaced by the F/A-22 which is several times better than the F-15.

In Actual In-flight (simulated) Combat Operations against the F-15, two F/A-22s were able to operate without detection while it went Head to Head against (8) F-15s. The F/A-22s scored Missile Hits (Kills) against all the F-15 Aircraft and the F/A-22s were never Detected by either the F-15s or Ground Based Radar. Maj. Gen. Rick Lewis said: ‘The Raptor Operated Against All Adversaries with Virtual Impunity; Ground Based Systems Couldn’t Engage and NO Adversary Aircraft Survived’

F/A-22– America’s Most Advanced Fighter Aircraft for the 21st Century. They’re a titanium and carbon fiber dagger.

They’re so advanced that if their on-board locator is switched off even our own satellites can lose track of them.

They’re the first military aircraft ever built that is equipped with a ‘black-out button’. What that means is this …

The best conditioned fighter pilots are capable of maintaining consciousness up to in the vicinity of 15+ G. The Raptor is capable of making 22+ G turns.

If some day an adversary builds a missile that is capable of catching up to one of these airplanes and a Raptor pilot sees that a strike is imminent, he hits the ‘b.o.b.’ and the airplane makes a virtual U-turn, leaving the missile to pass right on by.

They know that in the process he’ll temporarily lose consciousness, so the Raptor then automatically comes back to straight and level flight until he wakes back up.

Stay tuned for the sequel article where we will cover a little bit of history and the recent rumblings around the F-22 Raptor.

theFundooGeek recommended reading : F-22 Raptor – The High Flyer

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