posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 10:44 AM
Originally posted by Canada_EH
I heard of them taking the lights off for stealth flights i never heard of them actually retracting the stuff in flight thats sweet. so will this
turning on of stealth be transfered over to the 22 as well? any one know or have thoughts on this?
If I remember right, I read that the HF antenna and others were to built into the body of the F22, the first time it's been done as it presents some
challenges to the effectiveness of the antennas. I don't think people realize how much new tech is in that aircraft, sustained supersonic speeds with
no afterburner for example. One other awesome thing is that there are only three steps to starting the aircraft, it can also go from completly cold to
ready for take off in under 90 seconds.
About the F117 though, don't forget the accoustic stealth as well. Baffled engines make it hard for accoustic sensors to pick it up until it's
nearly passed and almost silent to the human ear until it's flown past. Also by only flying on solo missions and flying at varying altitudes and
flight paths on missions makes them hard to track as well.
Has anybody seen the thing that looks like an old Atari game that the 117 pilots plug into the flight computer? It stores the whole pre-planned
mission and loads it into the aircraft allowing it to almost act as a UAV. Navigation and targets, the whole thing is already loaded before the
aircraft starts taxiing.