The Awesome F/A-22 Raptor

Take a look at these pictures of our future. Read about the capabilities of the new F/A-22 Raptor. Lets hope the next administration will pay attention to our safety like the last one did. Prayer might work better as I don’t have much faith in B-HO and his bunch.

Click on the pictures to enlarge. Enjoy….

Courtesy of Doug Ross.

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. 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 eight (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’!

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 someday 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 up.

That is nothing less than amazing. And I love that B.O.B. button. 😉


4 Responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful.

  2. I love the military aircraft. And on a personal note, the Blue Angels will be here at the end of Sept. along with the Golden Knights. Dang, I hope I can make time to go see them.

  3. They were here in October but we didn’t have time to see them when they were here.

  4. I can make the time to go, but the greed/need factor comes into it.

    Back in ’92 Mrs. D and I had a place just at the south end of the airport. The angels came over the house no more than 100′ above us. We could smell the jet fuel (kerosene) and hear the radar beeps as the went over. They were there for 5 days. 3 practice and the 2 show days. Needless to say, I took that week off and a good time was had by all. We moved 50 miles NE of there shortly after that and we have to make plans to see them now. Dang, those were good times…..

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