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Max Speed: Mach 1.8 - Mach 2.0 (Apparently capable of a Mach 3 performance)
Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
I've read a lot about the F/A 22 or the "Raptor"... I was jsut wondering what the Raptors real top-speed is... On several sites I've seen taht the top-speed only would be from 1.7-2 mach... But ATS claims that the plane is capable of Mach 3 preformance... What is the truth...?
Originally posted by WestPoint23
The Raptor has good thrust to weight ratio that is why it can go Mach 1.6 .
Originally posted by Simon666
Even if nomex is used as matrix, it will decompose above around 400 degrees celsius or 800 fahrenheit. Even the aerodynamically especially designed SR-71 experienced temperatures of 600 degrees fahrenheit at prolongued flight on some parts of the airframe. The F-22's shape is optimized for stealth, not for Mach 3 performance, nor has it black paint to radiate part of the heat away or specially designed cooling. Even if it could fly some time at mach 3, it would better not do so long.