posted on Feb, 3 2007 @ 05:51 PM
All the maneuvers displayed 'control' factor (steady return to absolutely level flight with little fall thru) are in fact a result of a lot slower
entry speeds and a lot greater heights compared to what the Russians do. Though things like the microloop do show more ability force through the
manuever rather than rely on inertial forces as say the Kulbit does.
While I see no point in such stunting at any height/airspeed combination (the Raptor would normally be operating well above 30,000ft where even its
massive thrust reserves would be taxed in sustaining such slow pointing maneuvers) in a 133 million dollar airframe; the fact remains that that which
is shown here would not sigifnicantly magnify existing HOBS envelopes even if you had JHMCS and AIM-9X integrated to get the initial seeker cue.
The best dogfighter is one which can do these kinds of 'moves' as snap-entry and recovery _deliberate_ accelerative stall work, at 300-400 knots. G
factors at those speeds will render the capability solely robot country anyway.
To which it must be added that nothing you do offensively is 'better' than how long you stand still in somebody else' gunsights. In this, without
a TADIRCM, any F-22 pilot would be guilt of exceptionally poor tactical planehandling decisions to get into the scenario shown because, as the camera
indicates, the platform is 'holding still in the FOV' which means that it is a fixed, flat plate, target signature.
Again _not_ where you want to be in an airframe that has to bring 15-20,000lbs of gas to the fight just to get back out over the fence. Especially
when everybody else is driving around in F-18 or smaller sized visual silouhette ships and they all have working IRST and 'dazzle the canopy'
collimated laser systems besides.
The F-22 is a heavy, stalking, COE airframe.
Particularly if operating at combat heights at least 20,000ft above the best fighting levels of the other airframes. Equipped with GBU-32 or 39 on an
FDOW mission (where enemy air is actually apt to be present before it's basing infrastucture is obliterated). And given that the AAR-56 /probably/
operates in a manner similar to that attributed to the DAS as a 360` SAIRST (missile and aircraft), it is nearly impossible to accredit a _purely
elective_ commitment to WVR combat as wise.
That's not what you're there for and you have nothing to prove.
[edit on 3-2-2007 by ch1466]