posted on Aug, 19 2007 @ 06:45 AM
I have been a long time lurker on this board, but this thread finally got me to register.
I wanted to let you know how happy it makes me that people are starting to fall in love with the Raptor. I work for company that has a very vital
role in putting the F-22 in the air, and believe me, it's really easy to love your job once you see this bird fly. The demo pilot, Max, is a pretty
amazing guy, and is the only certified F-22 demo pilot in the world right now. The things he makes this aircraft do are pretty impressive, but
what's even more amazing is the fact that any F-22 pilot could execute any of those moves. (maybe not in the tight sequence that he can, but this
speaks volumes about the quality of this ship and the quality of those who fly it)
In response to the poster who asked what was so amazing about this aircraft, I thought I'd just give you a few of the main benefits. First of all,
the F-22 takes advantage of "stealth" technology. There are obvious techniques at play such as the shape and the materials used, but there are also
many others that will not see the light of day for many years. There are many detractors of stealth technology on here, but I don't really think a
lot of these people know what they're really dealing with.
The F-22's engines, (2) F119-PW-100s, are extremely powerful, and allow the F-22 to "supercruise." This means that the Raptor can fly supersonic
without even lighting the afterburners. The top speed of the F-22 is classified, but use your heads, and look at the thrust increase that 2 lit
burners add to other jets, and then add that to a speed that's already over Mach 1.8
An F-22 is invisible to its enemy and can fly faster, but should all this fail, and the Raptor gets itself into a dogfight, it can also hold its own.
The manuverability of this aircraft is amazing, and it can out-turn just about anything in PRODUCTION. I often hear people talk about the Su-37 /
Su-47. Let me know when more than 5 of these exist. The F-22 attained IOC in 2005, and is ready to fight at any moment.
If you have any questions about this system, let me know. Please be sure to tell everyone you know about this experience you had with the aircraft.
There are many detractors of this program, but I have a sneaking feeling that they've never actually seen it perform in person.