posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 03:00 PM
It seems to me that the main problem in these posts deals with some peoples lack of knowledge or ignorance of the facts. Nobody on this board knows
the true capability of the raptor because. A) We are not test pilots who took it to the limits and B) Did not design the bird. What we do know is the
declassified, less than maximum values that we have found or been given. Some of us, including me, need to look at this one question. Why would
Lockheed and the US government spend 20 years and billions of dollars to achieve anything less than superior and untouchable. We have always developed
the most advanced toys in the world. Why would the raptor be any different. Anyone with a brain know that the US aerospace and military employ the
absolute best engineers and mathematicians in the world today. Face it. The Raptor is the best, not even the shoty, nut and bolt, rivet looking MFI is
within 15 yrs.
Look at the construction photos of the raptor from popular science inside the lockheed plant. Have u ever seen something so perfectly put together.
There is absolutely no room for error. The manufacturing, materials, avionics, supercomputers in the nose, radar, 40g punchout weapons delivery,
supersonic sustained cruise at mach 1.7 without burner. I mean COME ON people. I could go on and on, but it has been hatched up in previous forums. I
think this has been beaten to death. Let the speculation end. Hell, an f-15 has never been shot down or and f-16 in air to air, not even an f-14, so
what is the problem?!!?!?!?
Dont think for a moment that I hate or dont like the other countries planes. That is absurd. My point is very clearly.... The raptor was developed for
one reason, air superiority over any nation for many decades to come. And that is what they have developed.
Big Bad Ass train