Originally posted by grunt2
1)the plane isnt superfast, its supercruiser and supersonic lift
2)the difference between supercruiser and max speed isnt sooo big, mainly because the engine is a high dry thrust -as someone explained before-
the links are there
AMM, again you are again speculating
but nothing he has said has even made me consider the idea that the Raptor could not obtain a speed of Mach 2 with afterburner and Mach 1.8 in
yes,yes, because is a national symbol
Ha! I used the same arguement about the Spitifire... funny... but yours is incorrect. I think the last plane seen as a national symbol by America is
the B-2 Spirit of America, hence the name.
But about the F-22, it's actual top speed is classified.
How much faster it could be, probably not to much, but enough to make a difference on gussing attack times by such an aircraft.
I have a friend who is a test pilot for the F-22. We have talked about it's abilities, but never about it's true top speed. The speed isn't what
makes it great.
It's the technology! The avionics! (which I used to fix for the US Military)
Also, the military will pay for the cheapest product that can get the job done and not go overboard. For example, the YF-23 was a more powerful
plane, and more expensive...
But more importantly, as my dad used to say (former Navy Attack Sub engineer),
"You'll never know it's top speed. If you do, they have something better."
Here is my ultimate theory
The top speed is probably not that much higher than released to the public.
The only reason it seems to be a "national symbol" is because it's really a diversion. There is clearly another plane in the works or already
developed which out performs the F-22.
It's a common tactic by the U.S. Government... look here in my right hand, while I perform the magic trick with my left...
But I suppose that can be considered speculating....
What I can tell you is the F-22s released top speed is NOT it's true top speed. It is probably faster... but could also be slower! (The Russians
used to use that tactic a lot) But regardless, it's not it's true top speed.
If anything I could ask my friend, but he is in another state now, so I would have to wait until we meet in person... cause you just don't talk about
those things in email or over the phone... cough...