posted on Feb, 16 2013 @ 01:08 PM
OK. 1 to 1 T/W ratio. The early chatter was the 22 was going to break a bunch of Eagle records. Yet the "books" showed a lower T/W for the Raptor
than the F-15.
Official USAF sites say 35,000 lbs. thrust. At one PW site under specs. it stated 37,600 lbs. thrust. Fan sites, f-16.net type sites regularly stated
39,000 lbs thrust. That's a huge difference and, I'd guess, a huge tacitical difference.
Just like any engine, running it flat out decreases it's lifespan. Throw in the non-export status of the f-22 and "need to know" trumps the PR
gains of bragging on the F-119.
So many videos with pilot comments, almost all F-15 drivers seem to be in awe of the power the 22 has.
Some obvious contradictions here.LOL. Reading between the lines, I'd guess the official numbers are a tad understated. Unlike the EF and Raffy
activists and the potential export dollars to be gained, the Raptor is getting a bit underestimated in general...yes?