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Based upon this story http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-d ... aptor.html, that em745 cited, the Raptors had a lot of flight restrictions to deal with, in addition to the Typhoons. According to the USAF accounts, the Raptors were considerably more dominant in BFM, than the Germans suggested, even with these restrictions(which is really telling, as it'd be interesting to see the results, if the Raptors had no flight restrictions). Even if we go strictly with the German account though, it tells us even less, since the Raptors weren't being flown near the edge of their capabilities.
In the meantime, the operational USAF Raptor fleet is flying with some restrictions on their operations--i.e. they can't fly above 44,000ft where you need to start pressure breathing for altitude. They also have to remain relatively close to an airfield. There are also some other maneuvering restrictions on the aircraft since the pilots are not wearing their Combat Edge anti-g upper-pressure garments.