F-22A unofficial nickname?

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viper187

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Unread post14 Jun 2020, 16:13

Does the F-22A have an unofficial nickname much like the F-15E 'Mudhen', F-16 'Viper', F/A-18E/F 'Rhino' and F-35 'Panther'?
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Unread post14 Jun 2020, 23:36

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Unread post15 Jun 2020, 16:01

Yeah there was a couple when the jet was first introduced, "Death Blossom", "The Rapist" or "Toucan Sam" but none of those stuck (Prob for the better.) Notice how all the jets that get unofficial nicknames are the ones with long official names or have a "II" in them; A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35 Lightning II etc. Raptor is short and original, perfect.


Edit to add: Forgot there was a couple other nicknames that never stuck: Pelican and The Boat.
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Unread post15 Jun 2020, 19:19

Like they said, Raptor is Raptor. But something somewhat unique about it is the F-22 is often referred to somewhat humorously as a self aware entity. Like “Raptor will clean up the air picture.” Not THE Raptors. Just Raptor. Ha.

Also no one in the Air Force calls the F-35 the panther.
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Unread post16 Jun 2020, 19:34

Really early on when it was the YF-22 it had the nickname of "Lightning"

Besides, the aircraft looks cool and its name sounds cool. Raptor is very fitting in this regard.

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