Early F-22 documentary... mainly flight testing

Unread postPosted: 13 Sep 2019, 01:59
by charlielima223
Whoa... this brings me back to my childhood. To think this aircraft first took to the skies in 1997 and few if any other aircraft can touch it. Hope y'all enjoy the nostalgia.




Re: Early F-22 documentary... mainly flight testing

Unread postPosted: 05 Oct 2019, 08:12
by gta4
charlielima223 wrote:Whoa... this brings me back to my childhood. To think this aircraft first took to the skies in 1997 and few if any other aircraft can touch it. Hope y'all enjoy the nostalgia.





https://youtu.be/uUiP8rOSkoU

42:47 Very rare differential deflection of F-22's thrust vectoring nozzles.

Re: Early F-22 documentary... mainly flight testing

Unread postPosted: 05 Oct 2019, 12:49
by mixelflick
Amazing videos...

What I can't get over (and am grateful for), is the difference in how the YF-22A and F-22A look. They made some MAJOR improvements IMO. The prototype had an ugly, almost bulbous like front, ridiculously sized vertical stabilizers and the wing didn't exactly inspire. Nor did the horizontal stabilizers. From tip to tail, I thought it was damn ugly. Especially when juxtaposed to the YF-23A.

The production F-22A was a different story. The front of the aircraft was much, much better IMO. Moving the cockpit forward such that the intakes didn't block the view was a major improvement. Ditto for the vertical/horizontal stabilizers. And especially the wing. The clipped wingtips look killer IMO, and even its underside was a lot more pleasing.

Which is all of course, subjective. But I think we can all agree we got an absolute monster air superiority platform, the biggest bump in capability ever. While the F-14, 15 and 16 all held great advantages over their Soviet contemporaries, the F-22 is that much more dominant.

You have to hand it to Lockheed. All those years out of the fighter business, and they come up with this. Wow...

Re: Early F-22 documentary... mainly flight testing

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2019, 05:58
by johnwill
Remember, Boeing and GDFW each had 1/3 of F-22. No disrespecting Boeing or Lockheed, but I seem to recall GD did have some recent experience with high performance fighters.

Re: Early F-22 documentary... mainly flight testing

Unread postPosted: 18 Oct 2019, 21:46
by saberrider

42:47 Very rare differential deflection of F-22's thrust vectoring nozzles.

I believe it is just asymmetric trust not any thing else.