U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team has released a rare in-cockpit video of the stealth jet performing precision aerial maneuvers and tearing through the skies.
Video of inside the F-22’s cockpit has been highly restricted since the F-22A took its first flight over 20 years ago.
You can find piles of exciting GoPro-like clips taken inside the cockpits of nearly all tactical jets, similar clips featuring F-22s are far less common. Even Hollywood productions featuring A-list casts haven’t gotten the green light to feature any internal angles of the F-22’s cockpit. Now that is clearly changing and soon the Air Force’s other stealth fighter demonstration team will also be joining the Raptor team when it comes to in-cockpit movie making magic.
For the very first time, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team brings the viewer inside the cockpit of the F-22 Raptor during a demonstration performance.
The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performs precision aerial maneuvers at airshows across the world to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world’s premier 5th generation fighter aircraft.
The team also performs with the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation to showcase modern day fighter jets flying in formation with World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era aircraft. The team is stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. In March 2007, the team participated in its debut air show at Tyndall Air Force Base. Since then, the team has performed more than 250 demonstrations across the world.
The video below the team’s latest release shows a similar view taken in 2011. It features more the F-22’s routine but is of less quality.
The Air Force seems to be loosening up a bit overall when it comes to showing the cockpits of its most sensitive combat aircraft.