F-22's ferry range

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Unread post03 Sep 2015, 04:27

Hey I am getting confused on the F-22's ferry range. Is it 2900km or 3200 km? With or without fuel tanks?

Also why can only 2 fuel tanks be used?
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Unread post03 Sep 2015, 05:09

Lots of info aren't for public consumption. The AF wants you confused. It's working.
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Unread post03 Sep 2015, 05:28

Is there a way to estimate the range by looking at the engine fuel consumtion rate and thrust/weight and drag?
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Unread post03 Sep 2015, 11:58

armedupdate wrote:Is there a way to estimate the range by looking at the engine fuel consumtion rate and thrust/weight and drag?


I'm sure there is, but we'd still be guessing.

Poster above has it right: USAF doesn't want you to know. You don't need to know, so you don't... :D
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Unread post03 Sep 2015, 16:43

armedupdate wrote:Hey I am getting confused on the F-22's ferry range. Is it 2900km or 3200 km? With or without fuel tanks?

Also why can only 2 fuel tanks be used?


During stress simulations and testing it was found that tanks on the outer pylons would produce too much stress on the airframe....in a very broad nutshell.

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