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f22spec wrote:popcorn wrote:Remember several years back when an engaged couple got lost in the desert out west and a F-22 was credited with locating them (at night IIRC) and radioing their position to a rescue helo?
It was never explained how the Raptor located them.. no EOTS, EODAS and only an IR MWD which should not have been a factor (unless the couple was firing missiles at the Raptor )..
So how did the Raptor find them out in the desert? My best guess is they had something emiting RF (like a cell phone) which was picked up by the AN/ALR-94.. but if they had a phone, then they should have simply called 911 so maybe they just couldn't get a signal.
I remember joking at the time that the helo crrew got invited to the wedding but the
F-22 driver wasn't.
Not to take any wind out of your sails, but it if it was at night, then the pilot most likely spotted them with NVG's. The F-22 can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, and it wouldn't be hard to spot people in the desert at night with NVG's.
It occurred to me but I just assumed that NVGs wouldn't be that sensitive.. but maybe that's how it played out..,just hoping on,the off,chance someone actually knew the whole,story.