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Interesting Facts about F-22 Raptor That Will Blow You Away

Interesting Facts about F-22 Raptor That Will Blow You Away
The 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis is home to the F-22 Raptor, one of the U.S. Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Tech. Sgt. Katie Gar Ward)

Here are the Interesting Facts about F-22 Raptor That Will Blow You Away

The F-22’s first flight was on September 7th, 1997.

The YF-23 was considered to be more stealthy and faster, but the YF-22 was more maneuverable.

The US Air Force initially forecast ordering 750 F-22s, but production slowdowns, increasing costs, and a lack of clear air-to-air missions reduced the number to 187 production aircraft.

F-22 Raptor Didn’t make its combat debut until 2014

During development, the second YF-22 crashed do to a flight control software error. The pilot, Tom Morgenfeld, escaped without injury

Interesting Facts about F-22 Raptor That Will Blow You Away
F-22 INFOGRAPHIC via GRAPHIC // MAUREEN STEWART

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In 2006, the Raptor went against F-15s during training sessions, F-22 maintained a kill ratio of 108:0.

A carrier version of the F-22 included variable-sweep wings was planned for the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Tactical Fighter program. The undertaking was canceled in 1993, deemed impractical. Nevertheless, it was the deciding factor for Donald Rice’s decision to go with the YF-22 over the YF-23.

In 2012, the F-22 was estimated to cost $412 million per aircraft.

It’s the first jet to combine stealth, super-cruise, super maneuverability, and sensor fusion into one platform.

The F-22 can perform high-alpha maneuvers at over 60 degrees, while still maintaining roll control.

Interesting Facts about F-22 Raptor That Will Blow You Away
F-22 INFOGRAPHIC via militarymachine.com

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Thrust vectoring gives the F-22 even more maneuverability, allowing it to perform maneuvers that most 4th generation fighter aircraft can’t.

A combination of vectored thrust, range, and stealth capability places it within a class of its own when it comes to the world’s strongest combat aircraft.

A combination of vectored thrust, range, and stealth capability places it within a class of its own when it comes to the world’s strongest combat aircraft.

Thrust vectoring gives the F-22 even more maneuverability, allowing it to perform maneuvers that most 4th generation fighter aircraft can’t.

The only operational aircraft able to super-cruise while full loaded

The F-22 has two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 engines, producing up to 35,000 pounds of thrust each.

F-22 Raptor has Only room for one person in cockpit

The radar on board the F-22 changes frequency over 1,000 times per second, reducing the chance of detection by enemy forces.

The cockpit uses 6 LCD displays, in addition to the HUD, to present information to the pilot.

The F-22 carries its weapons internally in 3 bays, increasing performance and stealth capability.

The bay doors open for less than 1 second when a missile is launched.

 

 

 

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