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Unread post22 Jun 2021, 13:09

Some recent action.
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12 Blue Angels ground crew: "Now that is a badass jet!. The Air Force did that thing right!"

1 Blue Angels ground crew walking away: "Sigh...if only we had a real fighter like that F-22..."
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Unread post23 Jun 2021, 04:18

F-22 made vaping look cool before Millenial hipsters ruined it.

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Unread post06 Jul 2021, 12:44

Hope everyone in the US enjoyed the 4th of July weekend.
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Maybe the F-22 Demo Team should reconsider doing away with low level high speed passes...it scorches the ground.
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Unread post06 Jul 2021, 14:34

Or they could put a 100 gallon fire retardant tank in each belt bay and use the F-22F for Retired Raptor Ridiculous Rapid Forrest Fire Response. You can figure out the acronym.

R4F2R

If fact, this could be a second life for the Raptor when the curent air farce leadership retires them on 1 January 2030.

If fact, they could start the development of a bulging belly tank system to replace the opening/closing weapons bay doors and increase each tanks capacity to 101 gallons on the very day the entire Raptor inventory is retired. That would only cost 2 billion dollars and the whole package could be ready for component testing by 2050, in time for the 2070 fire season.

There are many facts in my litle supposition, based on my 36 years (since 1985) of following this program. Can you spot them?
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Unread post08 Jul 2021, 12:33

We should put them in "long term storage" post 2030, same way as the F-22 tooling was way back when. Costing millions, it will once again result in key parts going "missing" and ultimately, our inability to make use of anything. That seems like a job tailor made for the gov't, and we can commission all sorts of studies validating its feasibility (costing millions more).

To conclude this saga, the missing Raptors will be re-activated in Chinese livery and last seen shooting down Taiwan's F-16V's over the Taiwan strait..
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Unread post19 Jul 2021, 12:46

Hawaiian F-22 teamed with French Rafales for Exercise Wakea at Hawaii late June-early July 2021.
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25 F-22s from Alaska and Hawaii are currently at Anderson AFB, Guam for Exercise Pacific Iron 2021. This will be the largest number of F-22s participating in a single exercise.
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Recent turn and burn sessions.
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Unread post19 Jul 2021, 16:48

Strong message there to China, 25 Raptors isn't insignificant.

Couple them with significant numbers of F-35's in theater, and you have a pretty fearsome deterrent. I dunno how many J-20's they have, but it'll be quite a bit less if things go hot...
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Unread post20 Jul 2021, 07:54

25 Raptors (F-22's) with say 75 Lightnings (F-35's) would be a formidable strike force. Any opponent would need a vastly larger force to have any hope of countering it......
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Unread post20 Jul 2021, 19:30

Corsair1963 wrote:25 Raptors (F-22's) with say 75 Lightnings (F-35's) would be a formidable strike force. Any opponent would need a vastly larger force to have any hope of countering it......


Having your Airforce becoming flaming lawn darts obeying the laws of gravity from randomly disappearing and reappearing vague radar contacts is enough to send chills down anyone's spine.
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Unread post09 Aug 2021, 12:53

PACAF Commander General Ken Wilsbach visited units at Guam recently during Exercise Pacific Iron 2021. The General is an F-22 qualified Command Pilot, Weapons School graduate and has over 5,000 hours of flight time mostly in fighter type jets.
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If you're an adversary pilot, this is about the same feeling as swimming in the open sea and a hungry Great White is looking at you.
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Unread post08 Oct 2021, 17:39

Here's some recent F-22 Raptor action over the last two months from airshows in Atlantic City and Millville, both in New Jersey. The last three were shot from inside the aerobatic box:









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Unread post22 Nov 2021, 03:42

F-22 Raptor Covered In Mirror-Like Coating Photographed Flying Out Of Nellis AFB

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An exotic test jet has been spotted wearing a similar coating in the past, but an F-22 wearing it is a major development.

By Tyler Rogoway November 20, 2021

A highly intriguing U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighter was caught in the camera lens of talented aviation photographer Santos Caceres as it blasted out of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada on the morning of November 19th, 2021. The aircraft is seen largely covered in a tile-like reflective metallic coating that is unlike anything we have seen on a Raptor ever before.

While the F-22 can look drastically different when its intricate skin coating and delicate composite stealthy structures are in various states of repair, one sporting polished metal has never been seen before nor does it make any outright operational sense. Note how the coating has been carefully applied to not interfere with the jet's many key access points, sensor and antenna areas, and other critical systems.

While what we are exactly seeing here is still up for debate, it looks like the Raptor in question has a mosaic of reflective material applied to its normal skin for some sort of testing purpose. It just so happens that we have seen something uncannily similar before, but on an even more exotic airframe.

In June of 2020, The War Zone exclusively reported that one of Scaled Composites Model 401 'Son Of Ares' demonstrators had flown a number of test flights over Naval Air Weapons Center China Lake covered in a highly-reflective metallic coating. It had a similar patchwork quality to what we are seeing here on the F-22. At the time we posited that this could be for testing advanced infrared sensors and even possible low-power laser systems and their targeting capabilities against a 'mirrored' target.

There is a tremendous amount of testing currently ongoing on infrared search and track systems (IRSTs) that are in the early processes of being widely fielded by the Air Force and the Navy, as well as developmental work on emerging aerial laser systems. Of unique note is ongoing testing of multiple General Atomics Avenger unmanned combat air vehicles sporting Legion IRST pods that has been occurring over the Mojave Desert. These tests have been in conjunction with the Skyborg aerial artificial intelligence initiative and larger highly advanced testing scenarios. The testing of various laser systems is also becoming extremely aggressive, as well, as part of a larger push to move directed-energy concepts into an operational state. This includes laser systems intended to be fielded aboard fighter aircraft.

The F-22 could be a highly prized target platform for these types of tests because of its performance—namely its ability to fly at upwards of 60,000 feet with regularity. The thin and cold air at that altitude, as well as the angle at which most sensors would view such a target, against the dark and cold background of the upper atmosphere, could be very beneficial for trialing these systems. Just having a high-performance fighter wearing this coating, which some who have seen it describe as being like the shiny side of foil, could have its own testing benefits as systems it is being tested against mature, but the use of an F-22 is quite the tell here. These prized aircraft are not usually used for tests like this. If a generic fighter target was needed, an F-15 or F-16 that has none of the low-observable skin considerations, among many other factors, could have been used.

We may have also seen a similar application on an F-117 before, which would not be surprising as these aircraft directly support continued airborne signature testing. Regardless, by all accounts, the USAF appears to be making huge investments in airborne signature testing in recent years, which makes sense considering the geopolitical and competitive climate we are living in now. It is possible that this mirror-like coating has developed into a modular and non-invasive application that is now part of that developmental ecosystem.

Of course, there could be entirely other testing and developmental objectives at play here. But for an aircraft that was designed at great cost and effort to not directly reflect electromagnetic energy from radars, testing a skin treatment that could do the exact opposite in other spectrums is highly interesting.

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Unread post20 Dec 2021, 14:23

A few more before the end of the year.
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Unread post21 May 2022, 02:24

Guy makes a lot of cool little music videos for military stuff.

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Unread post03 Jun 2022, 21:56

This was the only performance at Jones Beach in 2022.

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