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Raptor gets it's baptism of fire in Syria?

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posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:28 PM
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I'm kind of surprised no one has mentioned this...have I missed a thread?

On Sunday, my family and I did a 600 mile round trip to the Portland-Hillsboro Airport to see the F-22 flight demonstration for the first time.

The Raptor needs to be renamed 'shock and awe'. Simply stunning. You Tube videos cannot approach the reality, at least, in this case.

Ironically, the next night, the 22 gets it's first taste of combat...sort of, I guess..LOL It probably sat at altitude and lobbed a few JDAMs here and there. Hardly a big deal for the Raptor.

I suppose that Putin, Assad's 'good buddy', may have some serious SAMs that the Air Force had to allow for-not to mention a 'message' to Putin himself to stay out of it- required the Raptor's presence.

I'd guess flying CAP and being wary of SAM sites will be the 22's role.

Personally, taking those six Raptors from the UAE and a few low level passes over one or two Capital cities would result in massive conversions to Christianity......




posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:37 PM
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a reply to: nwtrucker


Syria was notified about the strikes several hours before they happened and that there would be no strikes against Syrian forces, which there weren't,

I believe Qatar pilots flew fighter cover just in case Syrian airforce came up to intercept, that has been what was reported on the news



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:40 PM
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I'm far more interested in the OTHER platform that was there.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:42 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

you.... With your winky face.

If there was another platform who would even know?



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:42 PM
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Seems to be a minor mission for me. But yes, we can officially call this the first combat mission of the Raptor. Want to see it in air-to-air combat, though.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:47 PM
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Zaphod can you give a little info or opinion into what Other platform you think was there.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:50 PM
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Zaph you implying the B series too? They fly from only a few select locations....seems we could be made aware of takeoffs at least....naw, maybe not...



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:51 PM
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The 22 looks stunning.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:54 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
I'm far more interested in the OTHER platform that was there.


That other platform is pretty much why
I am here at ATS. Anytime you wanna talk I'm all ears.
Can I get you a cocktail with a shot of truth serum?



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:55 PM
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a reply to: KnightLight




If there was another platform who would even know?


My guess would be one of Zaph's many sources.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:56 PM
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a reply to: KnightLight

You mean besides the fact that there are the most stunningly clear pictures and video taken of their target both before and after, despite the F-22 not being equipped with an electrooptical system? And they were taken from an angle that would make it impossible to release your weapons, and reach the angle they were taken from before they hit?
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posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:56 PM
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Raptor gets it's baptism of fire in Syria?

Doubt that. it flew at night. According to the ROE there were no opponents to shoot at since we are only "Bombing ISIS", not Syria.

It might get that baptism if if flew a day time low level strike against ground elements armed with truck mounted heavy machine guns.

But it won't…. pussies.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:57 PM
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a reply to: stirling

No this was a totally different aircraft. I'm about 95% sure I know which one.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 01:58 PM
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a reply to: intrptr

You're right it won't. Its mission didn't include low level strike capabilities, so it want designed for that.



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 02:04 PM
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originally posted by: tsurfer2000h
a reply to: KnightLight


My guess would be one of Zaph's many sources.


You think I don't know Zaphod around the boards?
Nah I liked his answer better.
I have a way of talking.


Of course still no one has told me what the heck that silent black triangle was..
I saw it so dang close.
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posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 02:06 PM
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We seem to be somewhat constrained on the other one....
The Raptors the the OP anyways....
Which brings up another question.....What is the IDF gonna do ?
Will they at least provide operational bases for the US strike planes? Or SARS for that matter.....?
Seems to me you could provide a lot of loiter time based that close to the operational area.....
Could almost keep a package in the air 24/7 for targets of opportunity....



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 02:06 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Got to admit, I'm curious, too.

What other platform could it have been?



posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 02:09 PM
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Here's a nasty little toy in the F 22' s toy box.




posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 02:12 PM
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www.lockheedmartin.com...


Im just going to throw this out there but have No idea just Google electrooptical System . It is off of F-35 lighting
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posted on Sep, 24 2014 @ 02:12 PM
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You think I don't know Zaphod around the boards?


I wasn't trying to imply that, as all I was doing was interjecting a little humor.



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