F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 26 Feb 2010, 21:52
by juve57
Hi guys,

Any news about these birds ?
05 4100 AK or HO ?
06 4108 and 4110 AK 90th or 525th ?
07 4132 ghost bird ?
07 4137
07 4138
07 4142
07 4145 to 4148
07 4150
08 4151
THANKS for any update !
(nb 05 4104 now a HO bird)

http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-22

Unread postPosted: 26 Feb 2010, 22:20
by raameagle
05-4100 is still marked AK but may be on its way to HO? It is currently at Nellis on Red Flag!

Regards

Mark

Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 26 Feb 2010, 23:31
by Raptor_DCTR
juve57 wrote:Hi guys,

Any news about these birds ?
05 4100 AK or HO ?
06 4108 and 4110 AK 90th or 525th ?
07 4132 ghost bird ?
07 4137
07 4138
07 4142
07 4145 to 4148
07 4150
08 4151
THANKS for any update !
(nb 05 4104 now a HO bird)


4108 and 4110 are 525 birds. 4137-4151 are 90th jets.

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2010, 00:37
by Asif
Thanks for the updates. Anymore, please add here.

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2010, 01:12
by raameagle
Is 4151 FY07 or FY08 please?
Regards
Mark

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2010, 03:21
by geogen
For the record; especially given the premature shut-down of F-22 fleet procurement, I have a personal problem with annoucing and updating play-by-play, strategic F-22 tail numbers and deployments, etc...

Perhaps USAF would concur? Maybe I'm just misreading it.

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2010, 04:03
by checksixx
Everyone already knows how many are being produced and tail (code/block) numbers are public domain...especially considering both the Air Force and Lockheed Martin release them and sometimes update that information online. No one has posted anything concerning deployments here.

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2010, 04:16
by Raptor_DCTR
There's nothing "strategic" about tail numbers. If this were the case then why aren't we concerned about the extensive F-16 tail number data base on here?

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2010, 04:19
by geogen
I'm just suggesting that perhaps we should wait(?) for USAF to make those numbers 'public' as you say, and not try to advise ourselves beforehand?

Absolutely there is a tactical interest, regarding the actual tail-number/inter-squadron changing??

Especially with a preamature shut-down, small number combat-coded force to work with.. Thats all.

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2010, 04:58
by Raptor_DCTR
There's no difference knowing Raptor tail numbers compared to Vipers or eagles or warthogs....... Numbers of PAI have nothing to do with it. Like checksixx said, LM and the AIR FORCE its self have already released tail numbers and locations. Nothing was posted about deployments or TDYs or anything of that sort. Not to mention strategic and tactical are two totally different things. And no, knowing tail numbers at bases is not going to be a huge strategic loss for us and lose the war. What the Air Force doesn't tell you is what tail numbers are where at any one time (spares, loans, BAI) and what they're doing there. That's where things differ. Knowing which tails are assigned to which base is not an issue. If the Air Force didn't want you to know assigned bases/tail nubers, there would be no base codes OR serial numbers painted on the tails.

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 28 Feb 2010, 09:03
by juve57
Hi,

seen on FENCE CHECK website, 05-4104 with HO markings (RED FLAG 10)

and what happens with 07-4132 ? Impossible finding markings ...
thanks for your hepl !!

RE: Re: F-22 DATABASE

Unread postPosted: 28 Feb 2010, 11:44
by raameagle
I believe 07-4132 to be at Edwards but no visual confirmation yet.

Regards

Mark

Unread postPosted: 28 Feb 2010, 20:42
by Elliboom
Here's confimation of 4104 being an HO bird

Unread postPosted: 28 Feb 2010, 21:14
by Asif
Elliboom wrote:Here's confimation of 4104 being an HO bird


Which Squadron she gone to as the badge has been painted over.

Unread postPosted: 01 Mar 2010, 07:31
by checksixx
The Holloman crew have been getting some of Langley's jets as Langley recieves new Raptors.

Unread postPosted: 07 Mar 2010, 09:35
by juve57
Hi,

is 05-4107 now a HO bird ?
05-4086 and 05-4087 have been transfered too ?
how many birds for HOLLOMAN AFB ?
thanks

Unread postPosted: 07 Mar 2010, 23:54
by bandit66
Holloman has about 23 or 24 raptors right now. They are receiving F-22's from Langley now as checksixx said and wont be getting any more from Elmo. This is because the new raptors are now going to Langley. This will also be the case for Hickam starting in june 2010. Its all about certain blocks in certain squadrons.
For example the 7th FS now has all of their aircraft - these came from Elmo. Now the ones from Langley starting with 077 (8th FS flagship) will be going to the 8th FS.

8th FS will be 60's 70's and a few 80's seriald aircraft. The 7th Has received 80's 90's and 100 serialed aircraft with a few exceptions due to wing kings aka 090 which will be left at Elmo marked 90th FS.

107 is a Holloman Bird
86 and 87 are supposedly going to be Holloman and have been seen there but are still carriying the AK code.

Unread postPosted: 10 Apr 2010, 08:13
by juve57
Hi guys,

did 8th FS get new RAPTOR ?
and is 05-4100 now a HO bird or always AK ?
thanks !

Unread postPosted: 10 Apr 2010, 12:29
by Scorpion82
What about updating the opening post, would make things easier!?

Unread postPosted: 24 Apr 2010, 21:03
by BDF
juve57 wrote:Hi guys,

did 8th FS get new RAPTOR ?
and is 05-4100 now a HO bird or always AK ?
thanks !


The 7th and 8th won't be getting any new build jets. They'll receive Blk 20 and 30 jets from Langley and Elmo. The latest lots of Blk 35 (capable) jets are going to 27th & 94th at Langley and the 90th & 525th at Elmo.

BDF

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2010, 07:47
by EOR
FF 08-4152, 08-4153, 08-4154, 08-4154, 08-4156, 08-4157, and 08-4159 showed up with 04-4069 today at Nellis

Unread postPosted: 10 May 2010, 05:57
by bandit66
EOR wrote:FF 08-4152, 08-4153, 08-4154, 08-4154, 08-4156, 08-4157, and 08-4159 showed up with 04-4069 today at Nellis


Thank you thank you thank you EOR!!!! This helps alot!!!!

Unread postPosted: 10 May 2010, 08:37
by Asif
EOR wrote:FF 08-4152, 08-4153, 08-4154, 08-4154, 08-4156, 08-4157, and 08-4159 showed up with 04-4069 today at Nellis


Need photos and squadron tie ups.....

Plus you did mean 08-4155, rather than listing 2x 08-4154's

Unread postPosted: 10 May 2010, 16:12
by raameagle
08-4152, 08-4154, 08-4156 all 94FS.
08-4153, 08-4155, 08-4157 and 08-4159 all 27FS.

With thanks to Chris and Bruce.

Mark

Unread postPosted: 10 May 2010, 16:29
by EOR
Asif wrote:
EOR wrote:FF 08-4152, 08-4153, 08-4154, 08-4154, 08-4156, 08-4157, and 08-4159 showed up with 04-4069 today at Nellis


Need photos and squadron tie ups.....

Plus you did mean 08-4155, rather than listing 2x 08-4154's


yes I did, damn keyboard
more pics will be coming Asif, I'm sure they will be here for a couple weeks

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2010, 17:39
by raameagle
All,

The former '1FW' 05-101 / FF has now been transferred to HO and is carrying 05-101. Does anyone know which Lagley Raptor is now marked as the '1FW' special please?

Regards and thanks

Mark

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2010, 18:08
by Asif
juve57 wrote:and is 05-4100 now a HO bird or always AK ?
thanks !


got this photo of 05-4100 deploying with 7 FS to Kadena. Still wears its 'AK' tailcode.


USAF F-22 block 30 no. 05-4100 assigned to Holloman AB prepares to take off on May 24th, 2010 as part of a deployment to Kadena AB. Note this airframe still wears its 'AK' markings. [USAF photo by A1C. Joshua Turner]


Anyone give us more info. Has this airframe changed hands or on loan?

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2010, 18:35
by Asif
raameagle wrote:All,

The former '1FW' 05-101 / FF has now been transferred to HO and is carrying 05-101. Does anyone know which Lagley Raptor is now marked as the '1FW' special please?

Regards and thanks

Mark


Photo proof of 05-4101


A dedicated crew chief marshals in F-22A block 30 no. 05-4101 on May 26th, 2010 at Kadena AB. The aircraft is part of the 7th FS, deployed from Holloman AFB as part of a U.S. Pacific Command theater security package. This is the first overseas deployment for the Holloman-based Raptors, which will operate from Kadena for about four months. [USAF photo by SrA. Amanda Grabiec]

Unread postPosted: 27 Jul 2010, 06:32
by EOR
00-4016 ((former)OT) was seen at Nellis July 19 wearing a TY code.

Unread postPosted: 20 Aug 2010, 09:20
by marvel57
Hi

according LM RAPTOR TEAM website, birds 4162 + 4163 + 4164 delivered to USAF in august ...
4162 new 1st WG "flagship" (seen on LANGLEY website)

not easy to update RAPTOR database ... because of futur movements !!

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2010, 21:34
by vick6202
86, 87, 100, and 107 do not belong to Elmo...... so if they are at Holloman they belong to them..... for now...... I think its kinda funny they still have our tail flashes though....

Unread postPosted: 09 Oct 2010, 19:28
by raameagle
Can anyone confirm if 05-095 is a HO or FF jet please? It was HO!

Regards and thanks

Mark

Unread postPosted: 10 Oct 2010, 21:22
by bandit66
87, 95, 100 and 107 have HO flashes....only 86 has an AK flash although ALL of them are at Holloman......... as for 095, this is the latest info I have from about a month ago so if it has been sent to Langley Id like to know. The 8th FS aircraft might be moved earlier since they will never aquire a full squadron anyway.

Unread postPosted: 10 Oct 2010, 22:36
by EOR
064 was seen at Nellis last week marked HH (pic is is in uploads). also 016 was recoded TY in July, but has not left Nellis as yet.
095 was marked HO last I saw it, but that was back in March.

Unread postPosted: 11 Oct 2010, 23:13
by raameagle
If 05-095 is still 'HO', are 04-076, 04-078, 04-080 and 04-081 still FF or are they now 'HO' too?

Regards and thanks

Mark

Unread postPosted: 12 Oct 2010, 04:04
by bandit66
I have 75,77 and 84 as HO but none of those. I havent had great luck finding any 8th FS birds with the HO code. Im wondering if any of the ones you have even transfered to Holloman. Anyone else have anything?

Unread postPosted: 18 Oct 2010, 17:33
by b-man
Regards and thanks

Mark

Unread postPosted: 28 Oct 2010, 23:31
by Asif

USAF F-22A block 35 no. 09-4168 takes off from Lockheed Martin's, Marietta facility on its delivery flight to Langley AFB on October 26th, 2010. Raptor 4168 is the 15th F-22 delivered to the U.S. Air Force this year, the 168th overall. [Lockheed Martin photo]

Unread postPosted: 22 Dec 2010, 07:52
by air-to-air
Hi I am new here and recently I was at Nellis and saw overthere the triple 1. I recorder this one as coded WA, but the database says OT. Did I made a misnote for 011 or did 111 transferred to WA.

Thans for your help

regards
Dennis Peteri

Unread postPosted: 22 Dec 2010, 07:58
by Asif
air-to-air wrote:Hi I am new here and recently I was at Nellis and saw overthere the triple 1. I recorder this one as coded WA, but the database says OT. Did I made a misnote for 011 or did 111 transferred to WA.

Thans for your help

regards
Dennis Peteri


Send me the details & any photos with here new markings as its likely '111' has changed hands.

Cheers

Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 22 Dec 2010, 11:36
by raameagle
06-111 was wearing an OT tailcode when I saw it at Nellis AFB on 6 December. 011 was also there wearing a WA tailcode.

Regards

Mark

RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 22 Dec 2010, 12:51
by air-to-air
Thanks for your fast confirmation. Looks like a misnote form my site.

RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 22 Jan 2011, 23:16
by EOR
03-4058 came into Nellis after sunset Friday marked HH. along with an HH tanker. hope it stays long enough to get a pic.

RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2011, 02:44
by EOR
03-4048 showed up at Nellis marked HH yesterday.

RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2011, 21:32
by bandit66
Also, 071 transfered from langley to nellis under the 433 wps.....now carries the WA code.......

Re: RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2011, 21:55
by Asif
bandit66 wrote:Also, 071 transfered from langley to nellis under the 433 wps.....now carries the WA code.......


Anyone know which date the transfer took place?

RE: Re: RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 11:22
by raameagle
Also, 071 used to be marked '1OG' therefore which airframe now carries these markings please?

Regards

Mark

Re: RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 16:34
by EOR
Asif wrote:
bandit66 wrote:Also, 071 transfered from langley to nellis under the 433 wps.....now carries the WA code.......


Anyone know which date the transfer took place?


March 14.

RE: Re: RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 17:38
by Asif
Anymore updates, anyone?

RE: Re: RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 24 Mar 2011, 18:40
by whitten
Another one was final painted this past week and looks like it may be destined for delivery soon. Couldn't catch the tail numbers sorry...I will try if I see it again. I certainly hope that this would not be considered classified info seeing as how the flight path has them nearly landing on top of a public road.

RE: Re: RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 22 Sep 2011, 05:07
by EOR
04-4066, which has been at Nellis for the last 2 years marked FF, now has an OT tailcode.

RE: Re: RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 27 Sep 2011, 05:41
by EOR
04-4068, which also has been at Nellis for the last 2 years marked FF, now also carries an OT code.
05-4096, also at Nellis for a very extended period marked HO, is now wearing a WA tailcode.

RE: Re: RE: Raptor 111

Unread postPosted: 01 Oct 2011, 17:02
by EOR
saw a pic on the USAF flickr page today of 04-4062 marked HH

Unread postPosted: 04 Oct 2011, 03:52
by bandit66
Very nice, three updates for me! Anyone got any more updates as terms of brand new airframes?

Unread postPosted: 04 Oct 2011, 04:13
by EOR
here's a couple more (not my pics, I have not personally seen any of them yet)

04-4069 to OT
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andymedic/6097989134/

04-4055 to HH
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andymedic/6097443725/

taken while returning to Langley after the hurricane evac

Unread postPosted: 09 Oct 2011, 16:57
by EOR
seen on the Nellis ramp this morning were 4 Raptors with HH markings:
03-4049
03-4053
03-4055 (old news, see above)
03-4059

Unread postPosted: 14 Oct 2011, 05:32
by EOR
another new HH popped into Nellis today, 03-4047
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eor1/6242741066/

Unread postPosted: 01 Dec 2011, 06:37
by EOR
(now ex OT) 00-4015 was out today wearing a new TY code

Unread postPosted: 02 Dec 2011, 14:42
by southernphantom
I can only hope and pray that we'll see 14-0053 and similar BuNos in the near future.

Unread postPosted: 03 Feb 2012, 05:44
by EOR
09-4188 showed up at Nellis today sporting OT markings

Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2012, 02:30
by jbash
bandit66 wrote:Very nice, three updates for me! Anyone got any more updates as terms of brand new airframes?




I got close enough a few months ago to see a few newer jets assigned to the 94th.
Tail numbers 08 160 08 166 08 168 all had spads on the top of the tail.
The other tails that I was able to see already have their squadron assignments listed in the database.
Hopefully EOR will be able to get some of his usual great shots at the next red flag starting on monday since langley raptors will be there.
Speaking of which, the 27th left on friday heading his way. A 4 ship left in the morning without a tanker escort although I'm sure they met up with somebody. 8 more left in the afternoon with 2 kc-10s from McGuire.
Even though it's the 27th that is participating, they probably took some 94th birds with them too. You know how it is. :wink:

It will be interesting to see how they do since this is the first red flag that raptors have been in since the grounding last year. They have been doing alot of night flying and practicing A R over the last month so let's keep our fingers crossed.
:salute:

Unread postPosted: 13 Apr 2012, 05:47
by EOR
(now ex WA) 00-4017 popped up today wearing a TY code


USAF F-22A block 10 no. 00-4017 from the 433rd WPS is seen departing from Nellis AFB on April 12th, 2012. Note the tail code change for Tyndall AFB. [Photo by EOR]

Unread postPosted: 14 Apr 2012, 03:28
by bandit66
I not have an almost complete database. All im missing are airframes 177, 183, 184, 189 and 190. Anyone know where these birds are or are going?

Unread postPosted: 14 Apr 2012, 03:32
by Raptor_DCTR
190 went to the 90th at Elmendorf

Unread postPosted: 14 Apr 2012, 12:23
by raameagle
I understand that 177, 183, 184 and 189 went to Langley.

Regards

Mark

Unread postPosted: 15 Apr 2012, 00:27
by Asif
raameagle wrote:I understand that 177, 183, 184 and 189 went to Langley.

Regards

Mark


Which Sqn's did they go to?

Unread postPosted: 15 Apr 2012, 00:48
by raameagle
No idea Asif, sorry.

Regards

Mark

Unread postPosted: 16 May 2012, 18:10
by Jon
I have updated all the DD250 dates in the serial database. I'm going through my records again to see if any are missing.

Had a question in regards to the difference between DD250 and acceptance into the Air Force. Is there a difference. Always wanted to know what happens between the DD250 date and when squadron takes ownership.

BTW, we are still missing a bunch of squadron assignments.

F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 26 Jul 2012, 21:44
by raameagle
Can anybody confirm the current jets carrying the following special markings please?

1OG?
94FS? 10-4194 perhaps?

Regards and thanks

Mark

Re: F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2012, 23:04
by jbash
raameagle wrote:Can anybody confirm the current jets carrying the following special markings please?

1OG?
94FS? 10-4194 perhaps?

Regards and thanks

Mark




You are correct sir, 10 4194 is the new 94th FS flagship.


http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-d ... es-in.html



As far as 1OG is concerned I'd like to know that myself. 04 071 is the last jet that I'm aware of that carried it on it's tail. As a matter of fact, the last year it was based at Langley before it was transferred to the weapons sq at Nellis, 071 wasn't carring 1OG on it's tail either. :shrug:

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2012, 00:04
by jbash
http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=7013654&nseq=82

This shot was taken in september of 2010 and 04 071 just had regular tail markings, no 1st OG. She moved to nellis 6 months later.


http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=7330915&nseq=14

Here is a shot of 10 194 in february still in its primer returning from a test flight over georgia.

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2012, 16:01
by raameagle
Thanks for the confirmation of 94FS jbash :).

Anyone for the 1OG please?

Regards

Mark

F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 03 Aug 2012, 16:29
by raameagle
1st OG is possibly 09-185?

Regards

Mark

RE: F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2012, 08:22
by jbash
09-185 is one of the newer raptors I have not seen yet. Several of the newer jets that were delivered over the past year are currently deployed at the guard combat training center in Savannah Ga. A friend of mine who lives not too far from there said there has been alot of people doing some spotting near the base. Alot of the people down there have never seen the f-22 live before now. Let's hope they get some good pictures and post them on the net.

BTW raameagle , apparently 04 071 only carried the 1st OG in 2006 and 07. Here's a picture from May of 2008 and as you can see 1OG had already been taken off.

http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6256335&nseq=77

RE: F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 20 Aug 2012, 10:54
by raameagle
One of my friends has logged the F-22s at Savannah and has confirmed the following:

4192 = 192FW
4194 = 94FS

The next three are NOT confirmed:

[4162] = 1FW?
[4172] = 27FS?
[4185] = 1OG?

Regards

Mark

RE: F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 21 Aug 2012, 10:31
by raameagle
Yesterday, 1OG was confirmed as 4185 and 1FW confirmed as 4162.

Regards

Mark

Re: RE: F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 25 Aug 2012, 09:06
by jbash
raameagle wrote:Yesterday, 1OG was confirmed as 4185 and 1FW confirmed as 4162.

Regards

Mark



Here's a couple shots of the 1st FW Flagship 08-162.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Ai ... f78bf2a0f6


http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Ai ... 1855576/L/

RE: Re: RE: F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 25 Aug 2012, 19:17
by raameagle
I checked 27FS yesterday and it is 09-172.

Regards

Mark

Re: RE: Re: RE: F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 01 Oct 2012, 09:04
by jbash
raameagle wrote:I checked 27FS yesterday and it is 09-172.

Regards

Mark




Here's a nice clear shot of the 27th flagship 09-172 with the NASA Langley Research Hangar in the background.

http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=7055114&nseq=6


This is the only pic I could find of 09-185 Of course it's before it received it's paint job. I'm sure I've seen this jet flying around , just not close enough to see it's markings.


http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Ai ... 53a1d5349a

RE: F-22 special markings

Unread postPosted: 27 Jun 2013, 03:03
by EOR
noted in the last 2 days were 2 new boss birds at Nellis:
OT 09-4188 newly marked as 53WG http://www.flickr.com/photos/eor1/9148588522/
WA 05-4096 newly marked as USAFWS http://www.flickr.com/photos/eor1/91380 ... otostream/

Re: DD-250

Unread postPosted: 18 Dec 2014, 21:58
by arl8733
Jon wrote:I have updated all the DD250 dates in the serial database. I'm going through my records again to see if any are missing.

Had a question in regards to the difference between DD250 and acceptance into the Air Force. Is there a difference. Always wanted to know what happens between the DD250 date and when squadron takes ownership.

BTW, we are still missing a bunch of squadron assignments.

Excellent question regarding difference between DD-250 acceptance and the traditional AF receiving inspection. Normally, as you may know, the AF receiving unit would normally perform a very extensive receiving inspection. Due to the problems that would entail in disturbing finishes, a different approach was devised. An AF acceptance team was co-located with the Defense Contract Management Commands F-22 team. The AF Team and DCMA team worked out plans as to who would inspect what. They teamed together with the AF members performing most of the final inspections on many areas just prior to final closure. In some cases each would defer to the other depending upon the area and situation. Flight acceptance was normally performed by an AF test pilot assigned to DCMA. As needed, others were borrowed when the schedule was heavy. The DD-250 was the official US Govt acceptance and transferred ownership of the jet to the Govt and allowed for final payment. Upon delivery to the unit, all that was necessary was the normal post-flight inspection and the bird was ready to go. Many arrived and were Coded Code 1. Ready to fly. This saved millions over the duration of the program.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2015, 01:51
by Scorpion1alpha
Image

Just a nice photo of Langley's 187 slicing through the clouds during the recent 2015 USAF Heritage Flight Training and Certification at DM AFB. The image captures the moment either during the abrupt pull over at takeoff or at the beginning of the Power Loop.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2015, 20:44
by air-to-air
Does anyone know the current faith of the following F-22As? Are they still active:
91-4004
91-4006
91-4008
91-4009
99-4011

Thanks
Dennis Peteri
Scramble Magazine

Re: DD-250

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2015, 21:11
by Jon
arl8733 wrote:
Jon wrote:I have updated all the DD250 dates in the serial database. I'm going through my records again to see if any are missing.

Had a question in regards to the difference between DD250 and acceptance into the Air Force. Is there a difference. Always wanted to know what happens between the DD250 date and when squadron takes ownership.

BTW, we are still missing a bunch of squadron assignments.

Excellent question regarding difference between DD-250 acceptance and the traditional AF receiving inspection. Normally, as you may know, the AF receiving unit would normally perform a very extensive receiving inspection. Due to the problems that would entail in disturbing finishes, a different approach was devised. An AF acceptance team was co-located with the Defense Contract Management Commands F-22 team. The AF Team and DCMA team worked out plans as to who would inspect what. They teamed together with the AF members performing most of the final inspections on many areas just prior to final closure. In some cases each would defer to the other depending upon the area and situation. Flight acceptance was normally performed by an AF test pilot assigned to DCMA. As needed, others were borrowed when the schedule was heavy. The DD-250 was the official US Govt acceptance and transferred ownership of the jet to the Govt and allowed for final payment. Upon delivery to the unit, all that was necessary was the normal post-flight inspection and the bird was ready to go. Many arrived and were Coded Code 1. Ready to fly. This saved millions over the duration of the program.


Thanks

So to me that sounds like the aircraft on DD250 are pretty much squadron ready. Which makes sense now that aircraft arrive at the squadron shortly after in most cases. That wasn't the case years ago. BTW, working on getting all the DD250 dates for the F-35 program.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 23 Mar 2015, 22:54
by EOR
air-to-air wrote:Does anyone know the current faith of the following F-22As? Are they still active:
91-4004
91-4006
91-4008
91-4009
99-4011

Thanks
Dennis Peteri
Scramble Magazine


funny you asked now. I just saw WA 99-4011 for the first time in 2 years at Nellis yesterday on the ramp. flew today.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eor1/16908806151/
I know 009 is still active at Edwards (last month), but couldn't say about the others

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 25 Mar 2015, 20:07
by air-to-air
Thanks, muc appreciated. Had for 4009 a last not in 2010 and for 4011 July 2012
Have you seen 120 recently? I have it last noted n August 2013.
Any more recnet sightings for the following Edwards F-22s is welcome
4004 June 2010
4006 July 2012
4132 March 2012

Regards
Dennis Peteri

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 25 Mar 2015, 22:56
by EOR
120 I last saw fly in July 2014. could be here,in rehab, or it could be at Edwards. sometimes a couple Nellis raptors will spend a lot of time there. it's not that unusual for planes to disappear for extended times around here.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 20 Jun 2016, 20:40
by structuresguy
air-to-air wrote:Any more recnet sightings for the following Edwards F-22s is welcome
4004 June 2010

Regards
Dennis Peteri


Here is 91-4004 at Hill in 2014

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 30 Apr 2018, 18:47
by Scorpion1alpha
Just a nice photo of an unknown F-22 (possibly a Bulldog) leaving the Speedline circa 2016 and creating its own weather.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2018, 00:18
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22 Demo Team bringing in the crowds during the recently held FIDAE in Chile (FF 187 used).

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2018, 00:26
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22 Demo Pilot "Loco" Lopez making serious clouds at the recently completed AirPower Over Hamptons Roads, VA.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2018, 00:29
by Scorpion1alpha
Nice portrait of AK 131 on the tarmac at the 2018 LA County Airshow, Lancaster, CA.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2018, 17:29
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Nice shots!

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 28 May 2018, 17:38
by Scorpion1alpha
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Nice shots!


They sure are, aren't they? Makes for some nice wallpaper too, if so inclined.

Bunch of Raptors, (with some Talon friends) huddled up in a hanger at Tyndall in anticipation of Tropical Storm Alberto's arrival. (Photo courtesy 53rd WEG, CC)

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 28 May 2018, 17:42
by Scorpion1alpha
2017 Gulf Coast Salute Airshow, Panama City, FL. TY 026 with WWII era P-51B.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Jun 2018, 16:56
by Scorpion1alpha
Two F-22s from the 95th EFS above the skies of Syria.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Jun 2018, 17:01
by Scorpion1alpha
A little love to the Edwards jets. Despite how they look, at various periods of time, the Edwards jets can be considered the most advanced F-22s flying.

ED 007 & 132
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 23 Jun 2018, 23:57
by Scorpion1alpha
FF 182 & 189 recent "tour" of Virginia on June 14.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 24 Jun 2018, 04:06
by geforcerfx
From the Hampton show posted above, "VaporFest"


Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 16:41
by Scorpion1alpha
Some 95th FS jets during Tyndall's recently completed Phase II deployment exercise held 14 June.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 15 Jul 2018, 18:44
by Scorpion1alpha
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FF 191 leads during last year's Atlantic Trident:

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Checking flight control surfaces before a night sortie at Langley underneath one of the new sun shades w/solar powered lights:

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2018, 13:25
by Scorpion1alpha
Several F-22s from Tyndall's 95th FS arrived at Spangdalem AB, Germany on 8 August 2018. The stated mission goal of the deployment is as follows:

The 95th FS is deployed to Europe for several weeks to conduct training with other European-based aircraft as part of a Flying Training Deployment. Forward locations enable collective defense capabilities and provide U.S. and NATO the strategic and operational breadth needed to deter adversaries and assure our allies and partners. The F-22s will also forward deploy to other locations in Europe to train with NATO allies in order to maximize training opportunities...


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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2018, 15:04
by f-16adf
That 2018 Hampton demo was awesome. Correct me if i'm wrong, but that Raptor took off with 17K of fuel and barely at the 2:00 mark goes into a 360 degree turn that only takes 19 seconds.... That's incredible-
Loco is one cool dude!

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 21 Aug 2018, 18:21
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22s arrived and training with Spanish Typhoons and Hornets for the first time at Albacete, Spain on 16 August 2018. According to Spanish aviation journalist and photographer Jorge Portalés Alberola and reported to the article's author:

...there were 2 different WVR (Within Visual Range) dogfights: the first one was a 1 vs 2 between an F-22 and 2x Eurofighters from Ala 14 based at Albacete; the second one involved the other Raptor and one F-18 Hornet from Ala 12 (122 Squadron) – actually this second aerial engagement was slated to be a 1 vs 2 scenario but one of the Hornets aborted.


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F-22 & Spanish Eurofighter (Guess the Typhoon needed the extra bags to hang with the F-22 out at the range for a while):

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(Photos courtesy of Jorge Portalés Alberola)

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 31 Aug 2018, 18:58
by basher54321
Powditz Poland August 2018 (jacek Siminski)


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F-22A 301


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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 26 Sep 2018, 00:42
by Scorpion1alpha
Recent formation of Tuskegee Red Tails CAF P-51, 100th FS F-16 and 301st FS F-22 (TY 101) during flyover of Alabama prior to the hosting 187th FW Air Show.

Flight date: 6 Sept 2018. Airshow date: 8 Sept 2018.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 26 Sep 2018, 00:49
by Scorpion1alpha
A little vapor doesn't hurt.

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Unknown F-22 (all that darn vapor obscuring the tail):

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 30 Sep 2018, 04:07
by firebase99
Gorgeous photos gents, thank you.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Oct 2018, 11:56
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22s from the 27th & 94th FS back in Europe (RAF Lakenheath, UK) for "Raptor Redeploy 19-1" on 5 Otcober 2018. They returned from US Central Command AOR and will stay at Lakenheath for a short time to conduct training with allied forces and will demonstrate the US commitment to allied European nations in deploying assets to deter possible adversary threats.

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No doubt the local guys will be getting a major workout. Reaper Lead (Looking behind shoulder): "HOLY %^&*...BREAK!!!"
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Oct 2018, 11:59
by Scorpion1alpha
Nice angle from the Canadian Cold Lake Air Show in July 2018 that I like.
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 27 Oct 2018, 15:04
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22s from the 27th FS arrived at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium on 17 October 2018 to conduct training with Belgian AF.

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Prior to this date, the F-22s conducted DACT with Belgian F-16s, and brfore that on 11 October 2018, participated in a Large Force Exercise (LFE) with Lakenheath's F-15Es and F-18 Super Hornets from the Carl Vinson off the coast of England.

On 19 October 2018, the F-22 conducted local area training over Finland.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 31 Oct 2018, 13:31
by Scorpion1alpha
A little different perspective from basher's earlier post:
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F-22 Raptors from the 199th Fighter Squadron and 19th Fighter Squadron arrive at the Kona International Airport, Oct. 11, 2018. Normally based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on the island of Oahu, the Hawaiian Raptors along with maintenance and support personnel were in Kona conducting logistics capabilities training should the aircraft be diverted to alternate airfields in the Hawaiian Islands. The occasion marked the first time the stealthy aircraft have been on the island of Hawaii.


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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2018, 15:46
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22 Demo Team performs over Hurlburt Field, Fl for the Master Sgt. John A. Chapman Medal of Honor Celebration Oct. 27, 2018.
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Unknown F-22 (all that darn vapor again obscuring the markings).
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 26 Nov 2018, 08:21
by Scorpion1alpha
FF 177 dematerializing:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 26 Nov 2018, 08:32
by Scorpion1alpha
A couple of years ago, Langley and Nellis Raptors formed up with the Thunderbirds over the skies of Arizona:
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A little what-if (images by Matt Donie):
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 28 Nov 2018, 05:10
by Scorpion1alpha
FF 172
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2018, 05:54
by Scorpion1alpha
Love this photo from the 2015 Rockford, Il Air Show. Note the wing's camber.
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TY 018 during recent operations at Eglin AFB:
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Obligatory vapor shots:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 04 Jan 2019, 06:12
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22s from Hawaii's 19th & 199th FS during the just recently completed Sentry Aloha 19-1.

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Note the 4 F-18s from China Lake that participated in the exercise behind the F-22s. They know their place.
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 05 Jan 2019, 15:09
by mixelflick
Scorpion1alpha wrote:Nice angle from the Canadian Cold Lake Air Show in July 2018 that I like.
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Shades of the Firefox hangar shot, IMO. I got worried for a second that guy was going to steal it :mrgreen:

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2019, 14:42
by Scorpion1alpha
Whiteman's B-2s and Hawaii's F-22s conducting interoperability training on 15 January 2019 (over Diamond Head State Monument, HI) .
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 28 Jan 2019, 14:43
by Scorpion1alpha
Turning...
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Feb 2019, 08:27
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22s from Elmendorf participating in the just completed exercise Winter Fury and continuing with exercise Patriot Grizzly at MCAS Miramar. Winter Fury involved both Marine F/A-18C Hornets, and Navy F-35C Lightning II’s, partnering with F-22s to perform air-to-air combat, while protecting ground assets. Patriot Grizzly is an in house exercise with Marine Hornets.

AK 077 (still sporting it's 9Xs in its side bays), 129, 135 and 3 others on the flightline:
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AK 142 along with 7 other F-22s on the flightline:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 17 Feb 2019, 09:30
by Scorpion1alpha
11 February shot of a Langley F-22 underneath it's solar power overhang on the flightline. F-22s were staged as part of a routine night flying training mission.
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FLOTUS Melania Trump and 1st FW CC Jason Hinds touring FF 165 during her recent trip there.
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Recent F-22 acheivement at the 1st FW:
1st FW soars past sortie goal

The 1st Fighter Wing recently exceeded the minimum number of sorties set for the month of January by launching more than 250 sorties in three days at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

The 1st FW teamed up with the 192nd Wing and members assigned to the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron to accomplish this record-breaking sortie goal in an effort to maintain combat mission readiness.

“This was an entire wing goal,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds, 1st FW commander. “It was tough to accomplish, but the three wings communicated very well with each other. We understood the mission, planned for it and then successfully executed it.”

Hinds explained that due to obstacles such as weather, birds on the flight line and equipment maintenance, the wings planned to perform a three-day surge to ensure they hit their desired goal, during which six hot pits were assembled and more than 250 sorties were launched. Hot pits are typically performed during combat situations to rapidly refuel aircraft while their engines are running, enabling them to jump right back into the fight.

We have never done six hot pits before,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jay Harris, 1st FW command chief. “When charged with the possibility, our Airmen adapted to the requirement, got going, and then absolutely crushed it!”

Both Hinds and Harris agreed that the sortie goal was accomplished by empowering Airmen to improve and innovate current procedures. Consistent open communication was key to the objective of making every Airman understand that they have ownership in the mission and the ability to make it better.

“It’s our Airmen, [they are] our human weapon systems that are able to find creative ways to get the mission done,” Harris said. “We can have cutting-edge technology and advanced weapons systems, but wars are won by out-maneuvering and out-thinking your adversary. Our Airmen have exceptional motivation and pride in their mission and work hard every day to increase our wing’s lethality and readiness.”

One such contributing member was Senior Airman John Roach, 1st FW dedicated crew chief, who supervised new Airmen during their first surge.

“Surges are especially great training for new Airmen,” Roach said. “From the moment we get out of roll-call to the moment we leave, we’re working hard and constantly launching aircraft.”

Roach explained how the maintenance teams rallied as they approached the end of the month and hitting the targeted sortie number was within arm’s reach.

“We felt good about our performance at the start of the surge so that helped build momentum to keep working harder,” Roach said. “The last couple days of the surge, we knew that we were doing well so it definitely boosted our confidence and our pride.”

Feb. 1 was named the 1st FW’s Goal Day and all participating Airmen were rewarded with the day off to celebrate with friends and family.

Hinds said he made the accomplishment announcement at the wing’s quarterly awards ceremony to a room full of fired-up Airmen who were beaming with pride and morale.

“I was so excited for them because I know how much work this took,” Hinds said. “The readiness of the three wings is higher than I have seen and there is no doubt in my mind that if we get that phone call, we will be first to the fight.”

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 23 Feb 2019, 17:30
by Scorpion1alpha
Some vapor action for the upcoming season (Photo credit to respective authors):

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 01 Mar 2019, 03:05
by Scorpion1alpha
Langley F-22s conducting night ops 21 February 2019.
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2019, 15:17
by Scorpion1alpha
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Wing, with the support of the 633rd Air Base Wing, took part in a total force exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 28, 2019.

The Phase I exercise showcased the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors’ readiness and ability to deploy.

“It takes the combined effort of the 633rd ABW, the 192nd Wing, and the 1st FW to deploy a fighter squadron on short-notice,” said Col. Jason Hinds 1st FW commander. “I’m thankful to all those who participated in the planning and execution of the Phase I exercise.”

With their slogan of ‘ready to deploy, ready to employ,’ the exercise tested the Wing’s ability to generate aircraft and get them to the fight. Once there, the Raptors were regenerated and reconfigured for war, flying sorties from the deployed location.

“For the normal AEF cycles or to go to Red Flag or any of those exercises we have months to plan,” said Col. David Seitz, 1st Maintenance Group commander. “This one was not like that at all [this was accomplished in a week]. Our Airmen crushed it! It was amazing to watch.”

As part of the exercise, the Raptors staged an “Elephant Walk,” testing the squadrons’ ability to launch large formations of aircraft at a moments’ notice.

We know that with the F-22 we’re going to be called, especially in a high-end fight against near peer competitors, they’re going to call Langley and we need to be ready,” Seitz said.


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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2019, 14:52
by mixelflick
Great pics! Thanks for posting...

Every F-22 is a national treasure, and seeing them always brings thoughts of pride in America and her people. In the words of one F-16 pilot I spoke to, "They did that thing right. Total overkill..."

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 29 Mar 2019, 13:59
by Scorpion1alpha
Well, about a month after Langley did an elephant walk with their F-22s, Elmendorf decided they'll do one with theirs.

Twenty-four F-22 Raptors from 3rd Wing and 477th Fighter Group, a C-17 Globemaster III and an E-3 Sentry participate in a close formation taxi, known as an Elephant Walk, March 26, 2019, during a Polar Force exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. This two-week exercise gives squadrons an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to forward deploy and deliver overwhelming combat power.


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If you're an adversary and hear that the US is deploying this many F-22s and other support assets in your neighborhood, you've got to be just a little worried.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2019, 13:44
by Scorpion1alpha
I would say this is kinda an unholy union between USAF and USN, but when the Blue Angels know their place and trail the F-22, I guess it makes it all right.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2019, 19:59
by mixelflick
The 2019 F-22 demo is INSANE.

Much, much more aggressive than in years past.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2019, 12:33
by Scorpion1alpha
Team practicing for the Chennault International Airshow in Lake Charles, Louisiana this weekend (10-12 May).

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2019, 12:37
by Scorpion1alpha
A couple more from the photo shoot with the Blue Angels.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 15 May 2019, 05:36
by Scorpion1alpha
PACAF led Exercise Northern Edge 2019 kicked off in Alaska and will be from 13-24 May. I'll be the largest military exercise in Alaska this year and major participating units include: U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Materiel Command, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and U.S. Naval Reserve.

AK 112 will be there:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 16 May 2019, 13:21
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22s return to Tyndall for Checkered Flag 19-1. Langley's Hat in the Ring Raptors along with F-15s from Kadena and Lakenheath are participating in the 2-week long exercise starting 6 May.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 16 May 2019, 13:25
by mixelflick
Wow, damaged indeed!

The troops did a phenomenal job salvaging those Raptors. Without their help, this very well could have been a national tragedy. As it stands, it's a human tragedy for those that lost their lives. But with so few Raptors in the inventory, the work these men did.... they should be recognized.

Dunno if there's a medal for such, but they seriously preserved our national security with their work. Bravo folks, bravo...

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 16 May 2019, 13:33
by Scorpion1alpha
I agree with that.

Lotsa of people involved in the recovery ops but many were from Langley. Every F-22 saved and are either flying again or still under repair and are anticipated to return to flight. Dunno about medals, but I do agree the people involved in the entire recovery op deserves some type of recognition.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2019, 13:26
by Scorpion1alpha
Two pairs of F-22s, along with AWACS support intercepts a total of 4 Tu-95s and 2 Su-35s entering Alaska's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on 20 May.

Specifically, two of the Russian bombers were intercepted by two F-22s, and a second group of bombers with Su-35 fighters was intercepted later by two additional F-22s, while the E-3 provided overall surveillance. The Russian bombers and fighters remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.

“NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. Our ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace,” said General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD Commander. “NORAD is on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

NORAD employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, and fighter aircraft to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response. The identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a U.S. or Canadian ADIZ demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada.

Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to the military response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and applies to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America. NORAD is a binational command focused on the defense of both the U.S. and Canada and draws on forces from both countries.


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About 12 years ago when the F-22 made it's first Bear intercept over ADIZ:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 06 Jun 2019, 13:24
by Scorpion1alpha
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 25 Jun 2019, 13:00
by Scorpion1alpha
Weapons 071:
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Hello...is it me you're looking for...?
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 27 Jun 2019, 13:33
by mixelflick
It is difficult to imagine what'll replace it.

14 years after IOC, it still looks futuristic and is the most feared air to air machine in existence.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Jul 2019, 13:40
by Scorpion1alpha
TY 078
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Jul 2019, 19:56
by wrightwing
mixelflick wrote:It is difficult to imagine what'll replace it.

14 years after IOC, it still looks futuristic and is the most feared air to air machine in existence.

And it's only getting more lethal, with the MLU upgrades.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 14 Jul 2019, 13:34
by Scorpion1alpha
The T-birds never even knew the F-22 was on their 6. JK
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Getting ready to take in some gas (note the deflection of the control surfaces)
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 23 Jul 2019, 13:38
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22 Raptor pilots from the 43rd FS conducted ‘hot seat’ training:
“We’re taking one pilot already in the seat of the jet when it comes back and swapping it for another pilot on the spot,” said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Peters, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief. “That way the jet never gets officially released back to maintenance—another pilot just accepts it. [Assuming the aircraft did not record anything unsafe during flight] they do a face-to-face brief, then the incoming pilot can take the jet and launch it from there.”


“Since Hurricane Michael devastated Tyndall AFB and the surrounding area, it took a lot of time, energy and effort to bring our operation at Eglin AFB up to full capacity,” said Lt. Col. Jefferey Peterson, 43rd Fighter Squadron director of operations. “During that transition, we absorbed additional pilots, from both active duty and reserves, as a result of the 95th FS having their jets and people split up across the F-22 community.”


“Normally we would fly ten [jets] on the first go and eight on the second for a total of 18 sorties,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Holman, 325th AMXS aircraft section chief. “For ‘hot seats’ we fly eight, six and six for a total of 20 sorties.”

On a normal day, the 325th AMXS prepares 13 jets. Three are left as spares, while the other ten are sent on sorties.

Only 11 are needed for hot-pit refueling and rapid crew swaps. This reduces the amount of time it takes to get a new pilot in the air; saving time and producing more sorties with less aircraft.


“Using this concept of hot pitting with rapid crew swaps, or hot seat operations as we have been calling it, our team has been able to drastically increase sortie production to levels we have never seen in the history of our organization,” Peterson said. “The hot seat operations concept has been a paradigm shift that is among the most important innovations we have put into effect since the hurricane.”


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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 23 Jul 2019, 13:47
by Scorpion1alpha
Over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, 18 July.

Here's looking at you...
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Too late, but but the Lizard and BDU will try...
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 25 Jul 2019, 22:16
by firebase99
Awesome pics, thanks for sharing!!

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 29 Jul 2019, 13:48
by Scorpion1alpha
Weapons 071 demonstrating at the Malmstrom AFB Open House on 14 July:

1)What a nuclear-laced GBU-39 can do to a runway
2)A high speed flyby during a 1,000 Ft. Wall of Fire
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2019, 13:30
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22s from the 90th FS went to Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley for the just completed Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Graf, 90th Fighter Squadron commander, right, and USAF Capt. Jonathan Weed, with the 90 FS, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, depart the flightline after arriving July 9, to Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, in support of Talisman Sabre 19. Talisman Sabre is a month-long exercise along the east coast of Australia that incorporates force members from Australia and the United States in amphibious landings, land force maneuver, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and special forces activities.

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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2019, 13:32
by Scorpion1alpha
FF 157 & 163
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2019, 13:40
by Scorpion1alpha
4 HIANG F-22s conducting air divert training to Kahalui Airport in Maui, Hawaii in the event of any state emergencies last week.
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2019, 13:20
by Scorpion1alpha
Capt. Kyle Oliver, 27th Fighter Squadron pilot and standing in front of FF 162, will be one the new Thunderbirds (Opposing Solo) starting 2020. As far as I know, he will be the 2nd or 3rd F-22 pilot selected as a Thunderbird.
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2019, 13:26
by Scorpion1alpha
TY 104 among several Raptors from the 1st FW to participate in Red Flag 19-3. The 1st FW was the core wing that not only had to conduct their own air-to-air mission, but also supported all participating personnel.
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64th Aggressors, "F-22s...sigh..."

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 13:38
by Scorpion1alpha
2019 Chicago Air and Water Show:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 13:41
by Scorpion1alpha
Just some nice ones:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2019, 03:36
by firebase99
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Awesome!!! WOW

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 18 Sep 2019, 13:17
by Scorpion1alpha
Glad you're enjoying them firebase.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 18 Sep 2019, 13:22
by Scorpion1alpha
Today, on the 72nd anniversary of the USAF:

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The 70th USAF anniversary version:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 19 Sep 2019, 13:42
by mixelflick
Outstanding pictures!

Absolute beast of an aircraft, beautiful to watch. I'm glad they're keeping it one step ahead with all of these upgrades we're hearing about (and I'm sure some we're not). The new medium and long range AAM's are really going to increase its killing power. If it gets that missile that's half the size of AMRAAM (with similar range) OMG... that's what, 14 AAM's?

I suspect that given that, we'll be hearing less and less about the need for an "arsenal" plane...

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 16 Oct 2019, 13:42
by Scorpion1alpha
Artsy:
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Beginning of the Power Loop:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 16 Oct 2019, 13:50
by Scorpion1alpha
Skyball event at DFW Airport (American Maintenance Hanger 5) 5-6 October. (Photos by Andy)
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 22 Oct 2019, 13:23
by Scorpion1alpha
All systems go. Ready to launch:
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Unread postPosted: 04 Nov 2019, 14:11
by Scorpion1alpha
Recent reunion of retired senior 1st FW leaders with FF 185
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1st FW Raptors training with 71st FTS Talons over the Atlantic ranges 30 Oct.
F-22s to T-38s: "You're going to need some more friends"...
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Former 95th FS TY 091 training with Spanish Hornets & Typhoons last year
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One is a known speed demon. The other is a car.
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Dec 2019, 14:20
by Scorpion1alpha
Dubai Airshow, held 17-21 November and is considered the 3rd largest airshow in the world.

FF 082:
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F-22 demonstrating it's improved cloaking self-protection system available in Increment 3.2B:
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 25 Dec 2019, 03:52
by Scorpion1alpha
An off-season practice session:
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F-22 Demo Team's 2020 schedule. Check them out if you can make one of these locations.
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 26 Dec 2019, 16:57
by f119doctor
Did anyone else notice in the first two photos in the last post that the ailerons are deflected for a right roll, while the stabilizers are positioned for a Left roll?

I would be interested in any explanation for that control law strategy.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2020, 14:41
by Scorpion1alpha
TY 084 & 093 over the skies of Hawaii in December 2019 Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium.
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HH 052. Shaka!
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2020, 00:33
by disconnectedradical
The more I look at F-22 the more I'm disappointed by how "boring" it looks. It's not bad but the appearance is so conventional.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2020, 02:25
by weasel1962
How time flies. The F-22 is 22 years old counting from its first flight...

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Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2020, 05:23
by marsavian
disconnectedradical wrote:The more I look at F-22 the more I'm disappointed by how "boring" it looks. It's not bad but the appearance is so conventional.


Maybe one of the reasons why this stealthy F-15 was chosen over the more futuristic looking YF-23.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2020, 13:27
by charlielima223
It always irks me when someone calls an F-22 a stealthy F-15. Sure the F-22 is a two engine twin tail single pilot fighter jet, yet the F-22 has as much in common with the F-15 as the F-35 has with an F-16. Btw, it could also be said that the F-35 is also very conventional looking as well and thus being boring in its appearance.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2020, 13:28
by charlielima223
weasel1962 wrote:How time flies. The F-22 is 22 years old counting from its first flight...

After 22 years and only in recent years has their been any real competition to rival it.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2020, 13:44
by hornetfinn
charlielima223 wrote:
weasel1962 wrote:How time flies. The F-22 is 22 years old counting from its first flight...

After 22 years and only in recent years has their been any real competition to rival it.


Very true. It seems like US lead in military aircraft and their technology is getting bigger all the time. F-14 and F-15 became operational in mid-1970s and it took over 10 years before Su-27 became operational with roughly similar capabilties as F-15A had. Before that it was not as clear lead although F-4 was in many ways superior to contemporaries and became operational well before MiG-23 and Saab Viggen for example.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2020, 19:52
by disconnectedradical
charlielima223 wrote:It always irks me when someone calls an F-22 a stealthy F-15. Sure the F-22 is a two engine twin tail single pilot fighter jet, yet the F-22 has as much in common with the F-15 as the F-35 has with an F-16. Btw, it could also be said that the F-35 is also very conventional looking as well and thus being boring in its appearance.


I never said F-22 didn't have great performance. Just that the appearance is boring. But in the end the conventional look of F-22 also means it loses out to Northrop's F-23 design in some ways in stealth, like having additional corner reflector in the rear between the vertical and horizontal stabs. That's just physics.

Frankly F-23 would be better suited for how Raptors are actually used with focus on supercruise, range, and stealth.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 08:19
by marsavian
charlielima223 wrote:It always irks me when someone calls an F-22 a stealthy F-15. Sure the F-22 is a two engine twin tail single pilot fighter jet, yet the F-22 has as much in common with the F-15 as the F-35 has with an F-16. Btw, it could also be said that the F-35 is also very conventional looking as well and thus being boring in its appearance.


From some angles and with the blended wing/body and short swept wings and similar dimensions the F-35 does look like a stealthy fat F-16 to me but maybe it's all subjectively only in the eye of the beholder and certainly nothing to stress over ;).

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 14:59
by mixelflick
charlielima223 wrote:
weasel1962 wrote:How time flies. The F-22 is 22 years old counting from its first flight...

After 22 years and only in recent years has their been any real competition to rival it.


Still looks fantastic to me, albeit I'll concede moreso from certain angles vs. others. Head on and from the back... downright sinister looking IMO. From the side it looks much more conventional. The top and bottom views are absolutely gorgeous IMO. Love the shape of the production F-22's wing, and the perfectly smooth/buttoned up underside just screams of spit and polish.

The vertical tails are its most damning feature (aesthetically). But they're a huge part of its ability to pull off maneuvers no other jet can, and at least they're not as big as the prototypes. The air intakes look rather uninspiring, but again contribute to its overall stealthiness in a huge way.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... except in the case of the X-32. I don't know that even the engineer that came up with that shape could look at it and say, "wow, it's beautiful", LOL

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 15:55
by sprstdlyscottsmn
I think the wing of the X-32 was a thing of beauty, but only the wing.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 16:32
by quicksilver
The original BA concept looked like this. As it had to meet three service requirements, it suffered; internal weapons, resized LPC etc.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2020, 20:12
by sprstdlyscottsmn
quicksilver wrote:The original BA concept looked like this. As it had to meet three service requirements, it suffered; internal weapons, resized LPC etc.

I love it.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Jan 2020, 13:33
by mixelflick
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
quicksilver wrote:The original BA concept looked like this. As it had to meet three service requirements, it suffered; internal weapons, resized LPC etc.

I love it.


How did something that started off like that, wind up looking like the X-32? The production F-32 looked a lot better too, yet this X-32 ugly duckling was what the DoD was looking at when making their final decision. Wow. All I can say is the engineers working on the X-32 should have known.... meeting specs or not, that thing wasn't going to go over well.

Does anyone know where the X-32 demonstrator(s) are today, such that I never make the mistake of having to see it "in person"?

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Jan 2020, 15:02
by quicksilver
“How did something that started off like that, wind up looking like the X-32?“

Already answered, to wit — “...three service requirements.”

More internal weapons carriage equals more empty spaces which equals more weight. More weight equals more vertical propulsion/thrust which, for a direct lift system, means resized low pressure compressor (LPC) which adds weight which means...the viscous cycle begins. IIRC it also had some issues w directional stability.

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Jan 2020, 17:57
by charlielima223
mixelflick wrote:Does anyone know where the X-32 demonstrator(s) are today, such that I never make the mistake of having to see it "in person"?


One in Dayton Ohio USAF museum and at Patuxent River Maryland at the USN Air Museum.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-32

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The best looking JSF was all but a concept design from Northrop Grumman. It obviously kept the V-tail design from its YF-23. The wing design/layout is very unique.
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F-22 inflight refueling an the coversation with boom operators

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 10 Jan 2020, 18:22
by quicksilver
Actually, that is the last McDD JAST design (w BAE and NG).

Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 22 Jan 2020, 14:38
by Scorpion1alpha
Josh "CABO" Gunderson will be the new F-22 Raptor Demo Team pilot and commander for the 2020-2021 seasons. Flew F-15Cs before transitioning to the F-22 in 2014.
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Gunderson practicing.
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Sam Eckholm, Lt, USAF, F-22 Raptor Demo Team:
Just the most lethal fighter aircraft in the world.

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Over the Statue of Liberty.
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 03 Feb 2020, 14:24
by Scorpion1alpha
Artsy (Credit to MJ Felter)
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Hey there Great Grandpa. Can you go any faster?
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Re: F-22 Database

Unread postPosted: 07 Feb 2020, 18:47
by charlielima223
F-22s and USAF Special Operations, Emerald Warrior.
http://soldiersystems.net/2020/02/07/sp ... -fighters/
If an aircraft is behind enemy lines and running low on fuel, a forward area refueling point may be necessary to refuel that aircraft and carry out the mission.
Behind those enemy lines, Special Tactics Airmen are relied on to survey the area of interest to ensure the aircraft can land and be refueled. Special Tactics teams can assess, open, and control major airfields to clandestine dirt strips in either permissive or hostile locations, providing strategic access for our nation’s military.
For the first time, aircrew with the 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, along with a team of Special Tactics Airmen carried out a simulated FARP for F-22 Raptors assigned to Pacific Air Forces’ 3rd Wing in an extreme cold weather environment during Emerald Warrior at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, January 21- 31.

“The ability to refuel aircraft at forward airfields and in austere environments is a critical element of Agile Combat Employment,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Davis, commander of the 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. “Practicing this capability with Special Tactics operators enhances our interoperability with the special operations community and increases our ability to generate combat power in a contested environment. Special Tactics operators are uniquely suited to seize and control airfields, and demonstrating our ability to conduct forward area refueling in challenging arctic conditions takes ACE to new heights.”

The training familiarized Special Tactics operators with the Air Force’s fifth-generation aircraft, providing unmatched lethality and adaptability to the warfighter.

“F-22s and F-35s were designed to compete and win against advanced adversaries,” said a Special Tactics officer. “Working with the newest and most advanced fighters in the Air Force provides [Special Tactics] the opportunity to maintain technological edge and develop the tactics, techniques and procedures needed in order to leverage their full capabilities.”
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Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command directed exercise focusing on irregular warfare in a joint, NATO combined realistic environment. This training hones special operations forces’ air and ground combat skills and the development of improved tactics, techniques and procedures, while strengthening relationships for future deployments.


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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 10 Feb 2020, 14:13
by Scorpion1alpha
I changed the title of this thread and added "photo" as I think it better encompass the intent of this topic. If you have a photo(s) of the F-22 you want to add / share, please post it. It will more than likely show the aircraft number which fulfills the intent of the op's thread.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 10 Feb 2020, 14:34
by Scorpion1alpha
The F-22 Raptor Demo Team is currently in Singapore. They are there to participate in the 2020 Singapore Airshow, which will be from 15-16 Feb. This will kick off the team's 2020 season and will be the first time Cabo's flies the demo profile as commander of the team.

It's interesting this year will also have the PLAAF's Ba Yi Air Demo Team with their J-10 fighters.
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Don't know if they still have females pilots on their team.
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The Singapore Airshow is the largest defense exhibition and biennial international trade show in the Pacific.

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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 10 Feb 2020, 14:47
by Scorpion1alpha
Hello there!
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Did we scare you?

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2020, 14:02
by Scorpion1alpha
HH 047 & 057 being recovered at the 2020 Singapore Airshow.
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Let's go (FF 161).
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Hawaiian F-22s and Luke's Lightnings combined forces against deployed 18th Aggressors from Alaska for the just completed Exercise Pacific Raptor at JBPH.

TY 080 with Luke Lightning just taking off.
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Bad guy.
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2020, 14:13
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22 Raptor deployment to Al Udeid Air Base makes history.

Airmen and F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in early July 2019, marking the first-ever fifth-generation fighter aircraft deployment to AUAB.

The deployment was a total force effort consisting of Airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing and the 192nd Wing at JBL-E. Over a period of six months, the Guardsmen and active duty Airmen achieved many milestones while delivering decisive airpower throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

With approximately 48 hours’ notice, the deployment was one of the fastest and largest ever for fifth-generation fighter aircraft in CENTCOM history,” said Lt. Col. David Bonn, 379th Expeditionary Operations Group deputy commander.

Fifth-generation aircraft deployments bring a variety of challenges that were new to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, requiring Airmen from across AUAB to adapt and overcome, according to Bonn. Keeping the aircraft operational and performing maintenance in high heat environments is more difficult. Requirements for security are more stringent and the supply chain is more complex.

Despite these challenges, the Airmen hit the ground running, flying their first mission within 72 hours. They also recorded the most-ever F-22 flying missions in a month and the highest utilization rate in CENTCOM history.

With 12 aircraft, making up only a small portion of the United States Air Force F-22 inventory, the squadron accounted for 11 percent of total flying missions and 30 percent of total flying hours while supporting operations across the CENTCOM AOR.

“From logistics and security forces to operations and maintenance, this deployment has been a runaway success,” said Bonn. “It took our base coming together to receive these jets and begin turning missions in record time.”

Over a 180-day period the squadron set the standard for future F-22 employment.

They were called on by the combatant commanders to deliver air superiority, deter adversaries, and demonstrate America’s commitment to our regional partners.” said Bonn. “During moments of instability in this region, F-22 air dominance has been an absolute certainty.”

As part of CENTCOM and U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing delivers airpower to provide deterrence and stability throughout the AOR.


FF jets preparing to launch.
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FF 173. Thumbs up.
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149th FS flagship.
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"Up yours!"
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2020, 21:26
by firebase99
Great pics!! Thanks for posting!!

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 17 Feb 2020, 14:35
by Scorpion1alpha
Thanks firebase!

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 17 Feb 2020, 14:43
by Scorpion1alpha
Couple of years back, Ford modified an F150 into F-22 Raptor mode.
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F150: "With the F-22 mods, I have 545HP and 660lb torque. On average speed, I can cover about 1 mile a minute!"

F-22: *LAUGHS*

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 17 Feb 2020, 14:49
by Scorpion1alpha
Meanwhile at the Singapore Airshow...

Cabo with a Republic of Singapore Air Force member:
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Deployed team
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Turning and burning
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 19 Feb 2020, 16:38
by charlielima223

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 24 Feb 2020, 14:08
by Scorpion1alpha
Unknown F-22 because it's disappearing
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Coming out the other end
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 24 Feb 2020, 14:27
by Scorpion1alpha
F-22: "Hmmm. I must be at the annual geriatrics gathering in Arizona!"
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OT 068 with the real Lightning. Lightning: "You youngin. You have all these fancy gizmos and all you do is press a button and BANG, the bad guy's gone. Back in the day, we had to use cunning and maneuver and then shoot them with our guns! Yessir, those were the days!"

F-22: "Some things don't change and are not forgotten, sir."
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FF 187 with FU 756 (Hell-Er Bust X).
F-86: "Damn MiG-15s, they're everywhere! Hey Fagots, look who I brought to the fight with me!
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2020, 20:30
by charlielima223
https://theaviationist.com/2020/02/25/l ... -in-qatar/

Twelve U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors that had deployed to the Middle East at the end of June 2019 made their way home at the beginning of February. Flying as TREND 71, 81 and 91, the stealth jets arrived at Moron Air Base, Spain, from Al Udeid, Qatar, on Feb 4, 2020.

The airframes deployed were: 04-4067 FF, 04-4082 FF, 08-4163 FF, 08-4165 FF, 09-4173 FF, 09-4174 FF, 05-4089 TY, 05-4100 TY, 08-4157 FF, 08-4157 FF, 09-4189 FF, 10-4192 FF.

The aircraft were originally scheduled to return to Langley earlier but their actual trip back home was postponed amid growing regional tensions.

Interestingly, the F-22s were spotted as they overflew Israel on their way to the stopover in Spain.

The Raptor were then photographed landing and then departing again from Moron Spain, to the CONUS, by photographer David Parody.


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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 26 Feb 2020, 08:08
by weasel1962
Looks like there weren't that many F-22s damaged at Tyndall (at least not to class A).

Just checked class Bs, 44 in total (only 2 each for FY 18 & 19)

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2020, 12:58
by Scorpion1alpha
FF 159. Cabo...
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Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2020, 13:07
by Scorpion1alpha
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ME4: "That's a mighty fine machine there! I'm sure glad we bought those for our Singapore Air Force!"
ME3: "Uhhh...we bought the Lightning, sir.
ME4: "Oh."

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2020, 13:21
by Scorpion1alpha
Former 95th FS commander Lt Col Ron Gilbert, who previously flew F-15Cs shared this about the F-22.
The thrust is unbelievable – 35,000lb per engine. The airframe weighs about the same as the F-15’s, so you’re getting a lot more thrust to weight, and you feel it. You go into max afterburner and get pushed back even further into the seat. The g-force and pressure on your chest as you start to take off is unbelievable. Airborne the maneuverability of the airplane is unmatched compared to what the US is currently flying.

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A little example of the Raptor’s prowess in the air:
Four F-15 pilots could handle 12 adversaries, but four F-22s can handle much more. I was fortunate enough to fly in scenarios down in Vegas where there were four of us against many adversaries. We would run out of missiles and there would be still adversaries, but we still had an opportunity with the gun. Plus, with stealth technology we were able to convert and use the gun as appropriate, then ultimately say, ‘Okay we’re out of weapons, let’s get out of the fight’ and do so undetected.

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Maj Andy “Lite” Gray, former 95th FS pilot describes his favorite thing about flying the F-22:
My favorite thing about flying the Raptor is how much finesse it has. When you’re flying a clean jet there is no drag, your take off thrust that you have combined with the minimal drag when the doors are all closed and everything, it’s so sleek and smooth. It’s very aggressive. One of the most eye-opening things is the be right next to another plane and you both go into max AB and then climb together. There isn’t a plane that can out climb the Raptor in our inventory. So having that and knowing that you are the fastest and most agile thing on the block is kind of a cool and prideful thing. I can get myself out of jams sometimes if I need to because of the plane’s capability.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2020, 13:57
by mixelflick
Interesting that twice pilots referred to the F-22 as the best/better than anything "in our inventory".

It could be that being pilots, they're speaking conservatively. I believe the F-22 can out climb/accelerate all other jets, period. But these guys are also privy to intelligence briefings on Soviet/Chinese hardware. So its possible they're aware of some foreign machines that out-perform it. In any case, I don't think the J-20/SU-57 or certainly any Flanker is likely to defeat it. Like other aircraft, there's probably parts of the envelope where its marginally inferior. But think about it: We were IOC with the F-22 15 years ago. They've had 15/20 years to catch up, and it still isn't clear they have.

I also think the Raptor gets a bad rap for its legs. The Fighter Pilot Podcast episode stated that it's range on internal fuel is the same as an F-15C with two bags. Real good if you ask me, especially after they shaved almost 5,000lbs of fuel from the prototype. Those engineers really are something else...

Glad they are on our side!

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2020, 20:55
by disconnectedradical
J-20 and Su-57 won't be fully competitive with F-22 until they get their intended engines (WS-15 and izd.30). Both have some aerodynamic advantage over F-22 mainly directional instability that allows smaller vertical stabilizers and better yaw maneuverability, but that's probably not something that would matter most of the time.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2020, 21:31
by BDF
mixelflick wrote:snip...

I also think the Raptor gets a bad rap for its legs. The Fighter Pilot Podcast episode stated that it's range on internal fuel is the same as an F-15C with two bags. Real good if you ask me, especially after they shaved almost 5,000lbs of fuel from the prototype. Those engineers really are something else...

Glad they are on our side!


Think its important to keep that in perspective, in raw fuel terms, that seems impressive. 18.5K internal vs ~21.5K internal + external. BUT, there's a drag penalty for the tanks. I dunno how accurate it is but I've heard anecdotally that a rule of thumb you can use for external bags is roughly cut the fuel in half gives you a good approximation of how much is useable. So that in this example a F-15 with two bags might have a total "equivalent fuel" of about 17.5K. Still pretty good but not equivalent to the actual 21.5k. Again this is a anecdotal rule of thumb.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2020, 17:00
by mixelflick
"Four F-15 pilots could handle 12 adversaries...."

Um, really? Now I know the Eagle is undefeated/capable bird but outnumbered 3 to 1 it still excels? Wouldn't that depend heavily on who the competition is?

Four F-15's vs. 12 Mig-23's is one thing. Four F-15's vs. a dozen SU-35's is quite another. That statement is so dependent upon context, I don't know how you/anyone can make it.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 13 Mar 2020, 20:15
by BDF
mixelflick wrote:"Four F-15 pilots could handle 12 adversaries...."

Um, really? Now I know the Eagle is undefeated/capable bird but outnumbered 3 to 1 it still excels? Wouldn't that depend heavily on who the competition is?

Four F-15's vs. 12 Mig-23's is one thing. Four F-15's vs. a dozen SU-35's is quite another. That statement is so dependent upon context, I don't know how you/anyone can make it.


F-15 community has routinely trained heavily out numbered like that for decades. I don't know what the threat they train to but I'm imagine its fairly robust. Nowadays the super high end threats are probably going to be delegated to the Raptors and F-35s but they (F-15 bubbas) still need to be able to deal with it.

Some of those quotes are a bit strange though. Like the comment that the F-22 is about the same weight as the F-15C. It much heavier, by 15klbs.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 14 Mar 2020, 04:20
by charlielima223
BDF wrote:
mixelflick wrote:"Four F-15 pilots could handle 12 adversaries...."

Um, really? Now I know the Eagle is undefeated/capable bird but outnumbered 3 to 1 it still excels? Wouldn't that depend heavily on who the competition is?

Four F-15's vs. 12 Mig-23's is one thing. Four F-15's vs. a dozen SU-35's is quite another. That statement is so dependent upon context, I don't know how you/anyone can make it.


F-15 community has routinely trained heavily out numbered like that for decades. I don't know what the threat they train to but I'm imagine its fairly robust. Nowadays the super high end threats are probably going to be delegated to the Raptors and F-35s but they (F-15 bubbas) still need to be able to deal with it.

Some of those quotes are a bit strange though. Like the comment that the F-22 is about the same weight as the F-15C. It much heavier, by 15klbs.


Early one a lot of things were said and claimed about the F-22s. Some turned out to be a little over blown, some stayed true, and others remain classified. Somethings just need to come out in the wash through time and experience.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 14 Mar 2020, 04:43
by weasel1962
How many times do we see sorties of more than 4 suks at a time? Not the Chinese. If it's not more than 4 at a time, 4 F-15s can certainly handle more than 12.

Otherwise, a good pilot can make a difference. Read epstein
https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles ... f-all-time

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 16 Mar 2020, 00:23
by Corsair1963
mixelflick wrote:"Four F-15 pilots could handle 12 adversaries...."

Um, really? Now I know the Eagle is undefeated/capable bird but outnumbered 3 to 1 it still excels? Wouldn't that depend heavily on who the competition is?

Four F-15's vs. 12 Mig-23's is one thing. Four F-15's vs. a dozen SU-35's is quite another. That statement is so dependent upon context, I don't know how you/anyone can make it.



What about four F-15's vs four J-20's or J-31's??? (let alone a dozen)

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 16 Mar 2020, 00:55
by disconnectedradical
BDF wrote:
mixelflick wrote:"Four F-15 pilots could handle 12 adversaries...."

Um, really? Now I know the Eagle is undefeated/capable bird but outnumbered 3 to 1 it still excels? Wouldn't that depend heavily on who the competition is?

Four F-15's vs. 12 Mig-23's is one thing. Four F-15's vs. a dozen SU-35's is quite another. That statement is so dependent upon context, I don't know how you/anyone can make it.


F-15 community has routinely trained heavily out numbered like that for decades. I don't know what the threat they train to but I'm imagine its fairly robust. Nowadays the super high end threats are probably going to be delegated to the Raptors and F-35s but they (F-15 bubbas) still need to be able to deal with it.

Some of those quotes are a bit strange though. Like the comment that the F-22 is about the same weight as the F-15C. It much heavier, by 15klbs.


I think that's because most of time F-15C carry 2 wing tanks which are 4,285 lbs each, and over the years some electronics were added which increased weight a bit. Also, each wing pylon is 371 lbs, and launch rails on those pylons are 111 lb each. So the difference is smaller, but F-22 still about 5,000 lbs heavier.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 16 Mar 2020, 13:30
by Scorpion1alpha
BDF wrote:Some of those quotes are a bit strange though. Like the comment that the F-22 is about the same weight as the F-15C. It much heavier, by 15klbs.

Is it, really?
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I’d say believe the good Colonel (that actually flew it).
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 16 Mar 2020, 13:38
by Scorpion1alpha
In January 2000, then CSAF General Michael E. Ryan flew chase with an EMD F-22 at Edwards to get a firsthand look at the jet and get program updates. This is what he had to say from his experience way back then.

This (F-22) is a real airplane. I'm in an F-16 with a 129 motor in it and this is the best F-16 the Air Force has. I take off and come back around. The F-22 starts rolling. I light the burner and I give the F-16 everything it can take. I try to keep it up to the Raptor but it goes straight up and starts walking away from me. We rolled over at about 30,000 feet and start accelerating out. He's out at 1.6 Mach and I'm still back trying to catch up to him in full afterburner and he's just in low power. For a pilot, that's amazing.


The general used hand gestures to show how the jet began a most unusual vertical climb.
The F-22 goes up into a 60-degree stall, what would be a stall for any of us. In the F-16, if you do this, you start falling like a rock," he added.


Another example of the F-22’s power, this coming from then USAF Reservist Lt Col Al Norman (at the same time also a TP with Lockheed Martin in the F-22 program), then became the F-22’s CTP.
Colonel Norman remembers "drag racing" an F-16. The Viper got a head start then Norman chased it down and flew by it like a rocket passing an object that was standing still.


Vipers are no slouches...

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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 16 Mar 2020, 14:12
by disconnectedradical
Scorpion1alpha wrote:
BDF wrote:Some of those quotes are a bit strange though. Like the comment that the F-22 is about the same weight as the F-15C. It much heavier, by 15klbs.

Is it, really?

I’d say believe the good Colonel (that actually flew it).


F-22 takeoff weight is just under 65k lbs, empty weight is 43k lbs, this is open info and also confirmed by F-22 pilots I talked to. F-15C is about 31k lbs, but modifications over the years probably added some weight, and they also usually fly with 2 wing tanks, so most of time takeoff weight is not much lighter.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 16 Mar 2020, 14:41
by Scorpion1alpha
You’re going to get all sorts of numbers, from a lot of sources. Numbers released may or may not be (the whole) truth.
Depends who you want to believe.

Anyways...

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 16 Mar 2020, 14:59
by BDF
disconnectedradical wrote:I think that's because most of time F-15C carry 2 wing tanks which are 4,285 lbs each, and over the years some electronics were added which increased weight a bit. Also, each wing pylon is 371 lbs, and launch rails on those pylons are 111 lb each. So the difference is smaller, but F-22 still about 5,000 lbs heavier.


I guess I was being a bit pedantic by taking him as an direct comparison, i.e. that the airframe to airframe weight is about the same as F-15C. If you talking that a F-22 weighs about the same as a combat configured F-15C then yes, that's the correct comparison.

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Unread postPosted: 16 Mar 2020, 21:12
by eagle3000
Scorpion1alpha wrote:You’re going to get all sorts of numbers, from a lot of sources. Numbers released may or may not be (the whole) truth.
Depends who you want to believe.

Anyways...


What are you talking about. Sources are consistent regarding F-15C and F-22 empty weight.
The only question is how much weight the F-15C has gained since MSIP 2, where empty weight was 28500 lbs. That would be 14840 lbs less than 43340 lbs.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2020, 02:21
by disconnectedradical
eagle3000 wrote:
Scorpion1alpha wrote:You’re going to get all sorts of numbers, from a lot of sources. Numbers released may or may not be (the whole) truth.
Depends who you want to believe.

Anyways...


What are you talking about. Sources are consistent regarding F-15C and F-22 empty weight.
The only question is how much weight the F-15C has gained since MSIP 2, where empty weight was 28500 lbs. That would be 14840 lbs less than 43340 lbs.


I thought F-15C weight 31,700 lbs empty after some upgrades. Add in 2 wing tanks that's 4,285 lbs each, and with pylons and launchers and takeoff weight is not that much lighter than F-22.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2020, 12:28
by mixelflick
Doesn't surprise me, really.

The F-22 carries around 5000lbs more internal fuel, and that's just for starters. The additional 10,000lbs? Tough to say, although I'd bet its mostly electronics/avionics and sensors. Dry engine weights of the F-100 and F-119 seem to be pretty close. But back to those sensors...Before the F-35 came along, the F-22 was the king of sensors/SA and in fact acted as a mini AWACS when out of missiles.

As such, I'm betting its the electronics that make it so much heavier...

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2020, 16:13
by sprstdlyscottsmn
there is a saying that "holes add weight". That larger internal fuel capacity? Holes add weight. Internal weapons? Holes add weight. 240 additional square feet of wing? weight. RAM coatings? weight.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2020, 16:54
by BDF
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:there is a saying that "holes add weight". That larger internal fuel capacity? Holes add weight. Internal weapons? Holes add weight. 240 additional square feet of wing? weight. RAM coatings? weight.


Also a 8,000hr airframe life too. Twice what the Eagle was designed for IIRC.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2020, 12:20
by Scorpion1alpha
Sigh...*SHAKES HEAD*

Back to scheduled programming...

FF 180 taking a bath. F-22s takes one about every 30 days. It's not as simple as going through a car wash.
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Classic image of it going through the barrier. Where's the AB? Oh yeah, don't need it.
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Nice ones of FF 155 & 158 with the Blues.
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2020, 15:14
by mixelflick
Pilot flying the F-16 w/129 engine doesn't give his loadout. I'm assuming a belly tank, otherwise clean.

What's described here about how the F-22 accelerates sounds downright scary. At one point he's at mach 1.6... How many times in an F-16 pilot's career is he ever going to see mach 1.6?

1.6 in a straight line is one thing. 1.6 during maneuvers is quite another! The F-22 sounds as if he was at 1.6 during hard, aggressive maneuvers. I could be wrong, but that's what it sounds like. Makes me wonder if the F-15EX with new 129's and clean (or close to it) will be any better.

Probably not, but still excited to see what's possible.

In any case, 120 or so combat coaded Raptors... still bothers me. And another thing - What in God's name was the point, with the "preservation" of its long term tooling? Doubtful it was cheap, and when it came time to look at a Raptor Restart, they couldn't find a damn thing. Lots of stuff was, "missing". Whatever it was (and you know it wasn't cheap), it was a complete waste of money...

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 30 Mar 2020, 12:30
by Scorpion1alpha
Maj Brock Lange, IP at the 1st FW:
While the F-22's top speed is a guarded secret, pilots refer to it as simply “very fast. "Its unclassified top speed is Mach 2.0," Lange said. "So, to say it's fast is an understatement."


Rachel Morris, journalist while researching a story about the F-22:
Although not a black project, many aspects of the F-22 including its performance data remains classified.


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Col Pete “Coach” Fesler, former 1st FW Commander and light gray Eagle guy before transitioning into the F-22:
It was a truly mind-blowing experience for an F-15 guy stepping into the {F-22}. I have a stealthy platform that can out-turn everybody, can out-run everybody and have better sensors. The F-22 puts it all together.
Crusing around in an invisible jet at 60,000ft flying at Mach 2, our adversaries know we are pretty good at the air-to-air game.

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Lt Col “Lobo”, former 94th FS Commander on integration and comparisons between the F-22 and Lightning:
They’ll complement one another…the F-22 is the best air-to-air fighter that has ever been built. The Lightning will have great sensors and execute some air-to-air missions, but it’s optimized for the air-to-ground role. It just doesn’t have the speed or maneuverability – the athleticism – that makes the F-22 so special.


Lt Col Lee Kloos, former 58th FS Commander and Viper driver and Lightning qualified pilot echos Lobo's statement:
One of the things (the F-35 Lightning) usually takes hit on is the handling because it’s not an F-22. An F-22 is unique in its ability to maneuver and we’ll never be that.

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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2020, 00:43
by jetblast16
The Raptor is just such a stunning machine all around. Beautiful too. King of the Air!

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2020, 12:31
by mixelflick
"One of the things (the F-35 Lightning) usually takes hit on is the handling because it’s not an F-22. An F-22 is unique in its ability to maneuver and we’ll never be that."

While this may be true, how many aircraft can rate like a Viper and radius like a SH? And do it carrying 18,000lbs of fuel, plus 5,000lbs worth of weapons, with the invisibility switch?

Only the SU-57 or J-20, and the latter is questionable IMO. The SU-57 will be more maneuverable, with or without its 2nd stage engines but then again, its anyone's guess as to how many (or even if) they build production models. The first one crashed, and proceeding with full scale production before knowing what caused that crash is crazy.

Which means, the Russians will probably do so... :doh:

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2020, 14:31
by BDF
mixelflick wrote:"One of the things (the F-35 Lightning) usually takes hit on is the handling because it’s not an F-22. An F-22 is unique in its ability to maneuver and we’ll never be that."

While this may be true, how many aircraft can rate like a Viper and radius like a SH? And do it carrying 18,000lbs of fuel, plus 5,000lbs worth of weapons, with the invisibility switch?

Only the SU-57 or J-20, and the latter is questionable IMO. The SU-57 will be more maneuverable, with or without its 2nd stage engines but then again, its anyone's guess as to how many (or even if) they build production models. The first one crashed, and proceeding with full scale production before knowing what caused that crash is crazy.

Which means, the Russians will probably do so... :doh:


Reading between the lines there's more to this than the WVR maneuverability. Its overall kinematics. Acceleration, particularly transonic acceleration, speed, altitude and available G are all important for BVR tactics too. This is why the F-22 is top dog. One of my favorite recent quotes is from a Raptor driver who said if the Raptor had a IRST it would be "the most diabolical air-to-air killing machine imaginable."

We really need to get IRST, a HMD and preferably a way to DL directly to F-35s. Luckily looks like many of these are on the way:

https://www.ang.af.mil/Portals/77/docum ... 122634-043

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2020, 01:26
by wrightwing
mixelflick wrote:



While this may be true, how many aircraft can rate like a Viper and radius like a SH? And do it carrying 18,000lbs of fuel, plus 5,000lbs worth of weapons, with the invisibility switch?

Only the SU-57 or J-20, and the latter is questionable IMO. The SU-57 will be more maneuverable, with or without its 2nd stage engines but then again, its anyone's guess as to how many (or even if) they build production models. The first one crashed, and proceeding with full scale production before knowing what caused that crash is crazy.

Which means, the Russians will probably do so... :doh:


We don't know what the STR/ITR, etc.... for the Su-57/J-20 happen to be, or whether they're superior. The Su-57 isn't even necessarily superior to the Su-35, in those metrics.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2020, 01:43
by disconnectedradical
wrightwing wrote:
mixelflick wrote:



While this may be true, how many aircraft can rate like a Viper and radius like a SH? And do it carrying 18,000lbs of fuel, plus 5,000lbs worth of weapons, with the invisibility switch?

Only the SU-57 or J-20, and the latter is questionable IMO. The SU-57 will be more maneuverable, with or without its 2nd stage engines but then again, its anyone's guess as to how many (or even if) they build production models. The first one crashed, and proceeding with full scale production before knowing what caused that crash is crazy.

Which means, the Russians will probably do so... :doh:


We don't know what the STR/ITR, etc.... for the Su-57/J-20 happen to be, or whether they're superior. The Su-57 isn't even necessarily superior to the Su-35, in those metrics.


According to Su-57 test pilot, subsonic maneuverability is about same as Su-35 but supersonic maneuverability is much better. Also from Chinese test pilot J-20 subsonic maneuverability is "decent" but supersonic maneuverability is much better. Both will need new engines to be comparable to F-22, but F-22 is already 15 years in service, so they're playing catch up right now.

Su-57 looks cooler and probably better performance but J-20 is probably the bigger threat. China actually has money and they make decent electronics now. Pilots I talked to think J-20 is more threatening.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2020, 03:20
by weasel1962
Al41F1 not that far from F119 lb class. WS-10C is further off.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 04 Apr 2020, 01:25
by charlielima223
weasel1962 wrote:Al41F1 not that far from F119 lb class. WS-10C is further off.


I think what really separates the F119 from those two aforementioned engines isnt just the power out put but also its efficiency.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 04 Apr 2020, 01:31
by charlielima223
I found this. This isnt low viz like here
viewtopic.php?f=33&t=56821

I dont know if it was photo shopped on there but its pretty awesome
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 04 Apr 2020, 13:58
by BDF
charlielima223 wrote:I found this. This isnt low viz like here
viewtopic.php?f=33&t=56821

I dont know if it was photo shopped on there but its pretty awesome
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Almost positive that's photoshopped. And its also against current regs now too.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 04 Apr 2020, 23:28
by wrightwing
BDF wrote:
charlielima223 wrote:I found this. This isnt low viz like here
viewtopic.php?f=33&t=56821

I dont know if it was photo shopped on there but its pretty awesome
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Almost positive that's photoshopped. And its also against current regs now too.

It's not very inclusive. :shock: 8)

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 08 Apr 2020, 01:50
by charlielima223
This is an oldie but a goldie


Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 08 Apr 2020, 12:37
by mixelflick
Those Lockheed fighters both have an insane ITR!

The Raptor STR is also legendary, and hey the F-35 STR isn't talked about much BUT it's said to be as good as a clean F-16. Not too shabby! :)

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 13 Apr 2020, 12:06
by Scorpion1alpha
Serious Gs:
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The fastest moving cloud in the world?
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 13 Apr 2020, 12:10
by Scorpion1alpha
Hawaiian Raptor teaching his little brother how to hunt and kill 18th Aggressors during Exercise Pacific Raptor Jan-Feb 2020:
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 14 Apr 2020, 20:53
by charlielima223
Scorpion1alpha wrote:Hawaiian Raptor teaching his little brother how to hunt and kill 18th Aggressors during Exercise Pacific Raptor Jan-Feb 2020:
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Just a little bit of musing...

No doubt in the foreseeable future the F-35 will pick up the slack for air-to-air missions left behind by the small numbers of F-22s. Once they develop a means for the F-22 to securely talk with the F-35; with the F-35's higher SA combined to the F-22 they would make one helluva "hunter killer" team in the sky.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2020, 12:08
by Scorpion1alpha
Eight U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a C-17 Globemaster III taxi on the runway during a routine training schedule April 21, 2020, at Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii. Given the low traffic at the airport due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the active-duty 15th Wing and the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing seized an opportunity to document the operation which showcases readiness and their unique Total Force Integration construct. The units of Team Hickam work together seamlessly to deliver combat airpower, tanker fuel, and humanitarian support and disaster relief across the Indo-Pacific.

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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2020, 12:22
by Scorpion1alpha
Ferrari F430:

“I can go 0-62 MPH in 4 seconds and can stop from 62 MPH to 0 MPH in just over 100ft! I have a max speed of 196 MPH and am one of the fastest Ferraris ever built!”
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Lamborghini Gallardo:

“Yeah, well I can go from 0-62 MPH in 4.3 seconds and can stop back at 0 MPH in 110ft! I also have a max speed of 196 MPH!”
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"I'm also an honorary member of the 1st FW!"
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Ferrari 488:

“Yawn. I can got from 0-62 MPH in 3 seconds, 0-124 MPH in 8.3 seconds and have a top speed of 205 MPH! I'm one of the fastest production cars ever!"
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F-22:

*LAUGHS"
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2020, 12:25
by Scorpion1alpha
"But Officer, I COULD fly 55 MPH...but WHY?"
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 06 May 2020, 17:09
by charlielima223
Im sorry, I cant hear you over the sound of how awesome we are!

https://theaviationist.com/2020/05/05/j ... nd-c-12fs/

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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 07 May 2020, 14:45
by jetblast16
Scorpion1alpha wrote:"But Officer, I COULD fly 55 MPH...but WHY?"
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F-22: Looks at a ticket stuck on its windscreen. $1000 fine for speeding [1,536 mph]. Pfft. Tears it up and tosses it to the side.

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 11 May 2020, 12:17
by Scorpion1alpha
jetblast16 wrote:
Scorpion1alpha wrote:"But Officer, I COULD fly 55 MPH...but WHY?"
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F-22: Looks at a ticket stuck on its windscreen. $1000 fine for speeding [1,536 mph]. Pfft. Tears it up and tosses it to the side.


:lol:

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 11 May 2020, 12:32
by Scorpion1alpha
charlielima223 wrote:Im sorry, I cant hear you over the sound of how awesome we are!


Adding a little bit more to cl223's Moose Walk post above.
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Some of the pilots must of been drunk. Can't fly straight and level!
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 15 May 2020, 13:02
by Scorpion1alpha
Some insights on the Elmendorf Moose Walk from base leadership and personnel.
When rows and rows of aircraft, 35 in total, lined up for the largest display of airpower in recent years at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, they had two audiences in mind: the Airmen on the ground that made it happen, and most importantly, those who would see the photographs from abroad.

The May 5 “Moose Walk” included 26 F-22s, two C-12s, two C-130s, two E-3 Sentrys, and three C-17s, in addition to HH-60s and a C-17 already in the air. It was a massive display of readiness by the 3rd and 176th Wings at the Alaska base. Airmen worked in shifts leading up to the event, combining a full day’s worth of takeoffs and landings into one onslaught of aircraft.


Col Robert Davis, 3rd Wing Commander.
“The message is that we’re ready. We’ve always been ready...”

“And the challenges associated with COVID-19 have not prevented us from being ready to defend the nation in our NORAD alert mission, or to be able to project airpower, to deliver airpower to combatant commanders.”

“We’re aware that there’s some speculation among our international potential adversaries or competitors … that our readiness has declined...and so there’s a desire, particularly in the INDOPACOM [area of responsibility] for there to be a counter narrative of truth, which is ‘no, we have not declined in terms of our readiness.’

“We wanted to do our part to help send that message. And although an elephant walk doesn’t necessarily prove that our skills haven’t declined, it’s at least a visible message that we can generate a lot of airpower in a relatively short period of time. And then get it airborne.”


Within the F-22 squadrons, for example, maintainers were able to address delayed maintenance discrepancies. The wing’s Raptors already had the highest maintenance metrics of all the Air Force’s F-22 units, based largely on lessons learned with how to treat the aircraft’s low-observable coatings and investments in supply chains to bring in more spare parts.

By early May, Elmendorf’s Raptors were healthy enough that 26 of the fifth-gen fighters that took off in the “Moose Walk” didn’t need extra maintenance before the event. The limiting factor was personnel, Davis said. If they were able to surge manning like in an exercise environment, the event could have had double the amount of F-22s involved.


After the aircraft took off in rapid succession, they split off into smaller groups for other training events. Lt. Col. David Deptula Jr., commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron, took off in the lead F-22 and led a group of Raptors to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex for training that included F-16 aggressors and KC-135 tanker support from nearby Eielson Air Force Base. The Raptors flew basic fighter maneuvers, air combat maneuvers, and defensive counter air training—“we showed a lot of combat airpower here, and we’re able to generate at a moment’s notice,” Deptula said.

Other F-22s met up with the newly arrived F-35s from Eielson for integration and photographs near Mount Denali, Davis said.

The C-17s were loaded with paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division from the Elmendorf side of the base. They flew tactical low-level missions, and airdropped paratroopers, Stratton said.


Good job 3rd Wing!
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2020, 13:15
by Scorpion1alpha
On 15 May, F-22s, F-35s and T-38s from Eglin flew over the Emerald Coast in honor of health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel in the Covid-19 battle.
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Not part of the event, but the photos fits the theme.
(Get the slow poke out of the way)
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 26 May 2020, 12:11
by Scorpion1alpha
During the recent Virginia flyby 12 May by a 1st FW F-22 (FF 172) and two P-51s honoring healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel.
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 26 May 2020, 12:20
by Scorpion1alpha
"Cloud Walker"? How about "Cloud Maker".
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How'd you like to walk out to the flightline toward your F-22 and you see this?
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 26 May 2020, 14:12
by jetblast16
The two bottom shots look like a nuclear bomb went off. I'd jump into my F-22 and takeoff :mrgreen:

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2020, 12:15
by Scorpion1alpha
jetblast16 wrote:The two bottom shots look like a nuclear bomb went off. I'd jump into my F-22 and takeoff :mrgreen:

:lol:

Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 27 May 2020, 12:21
by Scorpion1alpha
Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you’ve never lost.

(F-22) Fighter pilot maxim.
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 02 Jun 2020, 00:40
by Corsair1963
New F-22 weapons now 'operational' and ready for war

Newly integrated U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor weapons are now operational, bringing expanded air-to-air and air-to-ground attack technology to the stealth fighter following the production of a multi-year software upgrade program intended to prepare the jet for a major great-power war.

Called Increment 3.2B, the upgrade includes AIM-120D and AIM-9X air-to-air missiles and brings improved surface strike technology. The software upgrades, which have been underway for many years, are now ready for war. “Air Combat Command authorized the release and fielding of the F-22 Update 6 Operational Flight Program for incorporation into Increment 3.2B,” a statement from F-22-maker Lockheed Martin read.

The weapons improvements arm F-22s with AIM-9X Block 2, an adaptation that builds upon the existing Block 1. Raytheon AIM-9X weapons developers explain that the Block 2 variant adds a redesigned fuze and a digital ignition safety device that enhances ground handling and in-flight safety. Block 2 also features updated electronics that enable significant enhancements, including lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon data-link to support beyond visual range engagements, a Raytheon statement said.

Another part of the weapons upgrade includes engineering the F-22 to fire the AIM-120D, a beyond visual range Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), designed for all-weather day-and-night attacks; it is a "fire and forget" missile with active transmit radar guidance, Raytheon data states.

Interestingly, Update 6 is primarily focused on software to improve both weapons and radar effectiveness, while making few changes to the hardware, John Losinger, Lockheed Martin F-22 spokesman, told Warrior Maven.

While some of the technical details associated with the F-22 weapons enhancements are not fully available, naturally, for security reasons according to Raytheon developers, increased guidance, targeting, and durability expand the tactical mission scope for F-22s.

F-22s have been forward positioned in Europe and other strategic locations as part of an apparent deterrence mission aimed at Russia. Should the F-22 be able to attack with greater precision, it naturally brings a new ability to hold enemy aircraft at risk. The F-22 weapons complement includes ground-specific attack weapons such as Joint Direct Attack Munitions – such as the GBU 32 and GBU 39 -- and the Small Diameter Bomb.

More precise F-22 fired weapons will enable the F-22 to better leverage its “Supercruise” technology, which lengthens mission time and mission scope for the fighter by allowing it to sustain supersonic speeds without having to use afterburners. This capability is attributed to the engine thrust and aerodynamic configuration of the F-22. This will allow more dwell time for attack missions, enabling pilots to better search for and pinpoint specific targets.

The Air Force’s 3.2B weapons upgrade is part of a new “agile software development” strategy for its F-22 Raptor to quickly equip the stealth fighter with new sensors, improved radar and avionics, faster computer processors and greatly enhanced weapons technology.

Improving F-22 weapons is part of a broader air-attack strategy intended to help the U.S. Air Force pursue critical air-to-air supremacy against fast-emerging near-peer competing platforms, such as the Russian Su-57 stealth fighter. In 2014, the F-22 conducted a successful ground attack against a Taliban facility in Afghanistan.

In preparation for its current operational status, Air Force weapons developers have been testing the 3.2 upgrades with specific “fire-off” exercises at Eglin, Nellis, Hill, and Tyndall Air Force Base test ranges.

“The Update 6 OFP brings a critical interoperability update and significant improvements to radar and In-Flight Data Link stability," explained Losinger.

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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2020, 12:05
by Scorpion1alpha
What do you get when you mate a very high aerodynamic airframe with high lift properties and two motors that put out 70,000 lbs of thrust?

A MONSTER.
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F-22 doing what an F-22 does:
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2020, 12:06
by Scorpion1alpha
BOO!!!
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 15 Jun 2020, 12:27
by Scorpion1alpha
Alert F-22s from Elmendorf were scrambled on 10 June 2020 and intercepted 2 groups of Russian bombers in the Alaskan ADIZ. 1st group consisted of 2 Tu-95 Bears and 2 Su-35 Flankers and an A-50 Mainstay AWACS and came within 20NM of Alaska. A 2nd group consisted of 2 Tu-95s and an A-50 and came within 32NM of Alaska.
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The Bear's perspective.
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Re: F-22 Database and photo thread

Unread postPosted: 29 Jun 2020, 12:23
by Scorpion1alpha
Practice makes perfect.
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With Grandpa.
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