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Making its Le Bourget debut this year will be the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor. But plans right now foresee the F-22 only in the air, not on the ground. The U.S. Air Force will likely base the stealth fighter in the U.K., eschewing French hospitality for good security -- the moves comes just after U.S. Air Force sent the stealth fighter to Japan, for its first serious overseas deployment.
The Pentagon has a long track record of bringing its best and finest aircraft to Le Bourget. Unfortunately, it's the memory of some of those experiences that has them looking to base the F-22 somewhere else.
Originally posted by JFrazier
One thing the Americans always do better is the takeoff. The takeoff roll of the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, and F-22 demos are always very short and involve some sort of trick or display of climbing ability.
I've never seen the MiG-29 or Su-27 to do a short takeoff roll to vertical.
Originally posted by RichardPrice
The MiG-29OVT was displaying at RIAT last year, and it did precisely that - with the wind behind it as well so it was an impressive demo of the OVTs takeoff performance.
Originally posted by neformore
BTW, its a nice Vid, but I've seen an SU27 and the Mig29 OVT, and both put on displays as good, in fact the Migs was slightly better in my opinion.
Still, stunning aircraft nontheless