posted on Aug, 16 2008 @ 12:45 PM
Originally posted by Daedalus3
There are very few primary air-superiority platforms I can think of that come in only two-seater variants. Only one off the top of my head is the
F-14, but that's more interceptor-ish than I think PAK-FA is intended for. All the Flanker and Fulcrum series have 1-seater variants, if you want to
replace those then you might try a single-seater given that it will be what the pilots are used to.
But a trainer is not all of it right? It got me thinking.. does the F-22 have a two seater trainer? Interesting question for me since I never bothered
to think about it.
It is my personal suspicion, and I can't back this up for sure with sources, that the Lockheed-Martin was well-aware that F-22 was not going to get
bought in large quantities. Nothing near the amounts of the F-15, anyway. With this in mind it made more sense to do a single variant, a
single-seater, to fulfill the needs of the Air Force. A double-seater would only have incurred more development costs, taken longer to field, and
still would have been bought in very low numbers. This doesn't make much business sense, and it didn't appear to be a requisite of the replacement
anyway. Ergo the two-seater version wasn't realized. Simulators and whatnot can give you a good feel for where the stuff in the cockpit is, and if
you have a reasonable estimate of how to handle the aircraft you can probably do a few cautious solos.
And so why doesn't the F-22 have a 2 seat version? Or better yet.. why isn't the F-22 2 seat? Is it purely to reduce the lifted payload that is
replaced by computing power?
See above for my own suspicion on the subject. Again, I have no documents or sources to really back it up, but it just keeps going around inside my
and so why wasn't it a part of the original program with or w/o the Indians?
Given how little information has come out about the design involved in the project, I wouldn't be in the least surprised if it was and we just
hadn't heard about it. Alternatively, they may have wanted to get the single-seater up and running before starting serious work on the double-seater.
Again, I don't really know for sure.