"An aircraft with small control surfaces intended for stealth cannot produce such fantastical results in maneuverability; a little wing cannot produce a lot of lift period."
I was thinking exactly that only a sentence or two into the article.
I once saw back-to-back flight demos by an F-22 and an F/A-18E. The F-22 really blew my mind with some of the things it could do.
Then the F/A-18E went out and did about 80% of them as well.
The only things that I didn't see the Superbug match the Raptor for was the neat "backflip" from holding still in a completely vertical position and the vertical acceleration from holding still in a vertical position. Both of those things are ONLY accomplished due to the Raptor's thrust vectoring ... something the F-35 doesn't have (I don't count the F-35B's rotating exhaust nozzle as such ... I don't think that it can perform "VIFF" maneuvers like the Harrier can.)
I don't count the F-35B's rotating exhaust nozzle as such ... I don't think that it can perform "VIFF" maneuvers like the Harrier can.
Yes it can. I live near Pax River and work on base and have be under its flight path many a time.
posted on 02/08/2013 4:41:51 AM PST
(The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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