Last F-22's fist flight and a (little) bit of top speed info

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Unread post15 Mar 2012, 21:42

Lockheed begins test flights of final Raptor ?

Flight International article talks about 4195's inagural flight and there's an interesting quote from LM's lead test pilot:

Babione says that company pilots usually fly two sorties to verify that the aircraft is functioning correctly. Super-cruise testing is usually conducted over Tennessee and Alabama, he says. The aircraft is capable of cruising at around Mach 1.8 without afterburners and has a top speed of around Mach 2.2.

Basically confirms the top end supercruise speed and also indicates the jet's max speed which I believe is the first time it's been published.

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