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  • Vanity....anyone in northwest Jersey see the F-22 Raptor flying around?

    07/15/2017 1:13:47 PM PDT · by Doogle · 22 replies
    7-15-17 | Me
    Anyone see the Raptor making a few passes over northwestern (Flanders) NJ @ 3:35 today? Only thing going on in the area (16 miles south)is the LPGA Trump golf invo in Bedminster. Can't see a flyover taking place for that...LOL
  • Airpower Classics - F-22 Raptor

    08/01/2016 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Purdue77 · 16 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | Aug 2016 | Air Force Magazine
    With the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force acquired un equaled power to project air dominance. Lockheed Martin’s single-seat, twin-engined, all-weather fighter blended stealth, supercruise, great agility, and all-sensing avionics. Those features, plus high reliability and low maintenance, marked a huge leap in capability over USAF’s own F-15 Eagle, long the class of air combat. Indeed, the F-22 could not be matched by any known or projected fighter.
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    10/03/2015 12:27:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    Fox Trot Alpha ^ | 25 September 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack.
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    09/30/2015 10:53:06 AM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/25/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack. So why aren’t those who pushed so hard to cancel the F-22 program being held accountable? By the mid 2000s, the F-22 was finally entering the fray as the world’s first true stealth fighter, offering a quantum leap in capability and performance when compared with anything else on the battlefield. It was a thoroughbred weapon system meant...
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    09/26/2015 2:10:31 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 09/25/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack. So why aren’t those who pushed so hard to cancel the F-22 program being held accountable? By the mid 2000s, the F-22 was finally entering the fray as the world’s first true stealth fighter, offering a quantum leap in capability and performance when compared with anything else on the battlefield. It was a thoroughbred weapon system meant...
  • Obama in 2009: F-22 Jets Used to Strike Syria 'Outdated and Unnecessary'

    09/23/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 23, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama dismissed the F-22 fighter jets used during Monday’s airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria as “outdated and unnecessary” in a speech on July 21, 2009. “I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure” Obama said. "That's why I'm grateful that the Senate just voted against an additional $1.75 billion to buy F-22 fighter jets that military experts and members of both parties say we do not need.” ...more (w/video)...
  • When the French "Shot Down" an F-22

    09/23/2014 6:50:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Axe
    Evidence released last year confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat. Although not unprecedented, the simulated shoot-down is still a big deal for a couple reasons. For one, the Lockheed Martin-made F-22 is supposed to be the most fearsome warplane in history, a quarter-billion-dollar-per-plane technological marvel that flies higher and faster than its opponents while avoiding detection by radar. The Pentagon is counting on a tiny number of the pricey Raptors — slightly more than 180 — to ward off potentially much larger numbers of enemy planes for the foreseeable future. Every mock dogfight...
  • SpaceX Set to Test Raptor Engine Components at NASA Stennis

    05/20/2014 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    SpaceRef.biz ^ | 24APR2014 | Marc Boucher
    Nearly six months after announcing that SpaceX would be testing Raptor engine components at NASA's Stennis Space Center, a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday officially unveiled the newly refurbished E-2 test stand. SpaceX has been working on the Raptor methane-fueled rocket engine since 2009. The new engine, a reusable engine is destined to be used in future versions of the Falcon Heavy and in the long term for the notional SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter. Testing is set to begin within the coming days after the E-2 test stand activation is completed a spokesperson for SpaceX confirmed to SpaceRef. SpaceX...
  • Ex-Pratt Worker Allegedly Tried To Ship F-35 Files To Iran

    01/16/2014 9:30:03 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 17 replies
    The Hartford Courant (CT) ^ | January 13, 2014 | BRIAN DOWLING
    Pratt & Whitney said Monday it is cooperating with authorities after federal agents arrested a former employee for trying to ship documents to Iran related to the U.S. military's Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The East Hartford defense contractor, the sole manufacturer of the aircraft's engine, declined to comment on how Mozaffar Khazaee, 59, slipped thousands of pages of documents, diagrams, blueprints and technical manuals out the door before he was laid off in August along with hundreds of other employees. Federal authorities arrested Khazaee at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Thursday before he could board a plane...
  • Bird of Prey: Raptor brings never-before-seen capabilities to aerial warfare

    04/04/2013 6:50:57 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 14 replies
    Airman ^ | December 31, 2012 | Tech. Sgt. Matthew Bates
    Col. Kevin Robbins still remembers the first time he saw the F-22 Raptor. He was driving near the flightline of then Langley Air Force Base when he heard a load roar and saw a plane streak across his field of vision and start performing several aerial maneuvers. He stopped the car, got out and stared in amazement. An F-15 Eagle pilot himself, the colonel couldn't believe what he was seeing. "This plane was doing things that shouldn't be possible in a jet," he said. "I just kept thinking that if anyone tried that in any other plane, he'd be dead."...
  • How the Cold War was won

    09/24/2012 7:23:50 AM PDT · by minus_273 · 7 replies
    This has been making it's rounds on the internet. While not completely historically accurate, looking at the comments, it seems even kids born in the 90's miss Reagan. There are enough touches to this picture that remind me of the 80's (see the DARE sticker?).
  • Romney wants to buy more F-22s

    09/11/2012 12:13:21 PM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 47 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | 9/10/2012 | Michael Hoffman
    Romney wants to buy more F-22s By Michael Hoffman Monday, September 10th, 2012 5:54 pm Posted in Air, Election Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday he would buy more F-22 Raptors as part of his plan to reverse many of the defense cuts planned by the Obama administration. Romney told a Virginia Beach, Va., television station he would not include the military in the spending cuts he is proposing to cut down the U.S. deficit. “Rather than completing nine ships per year, I’d move that up to 15. I’d also add F-22s to our Air Force fleet. And I’d...
  • Pentagon OKs plan to lift F-22 flight restrictions

    07/24/2012 1:07:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2012 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon announced Tuesday changes the Air Force will make to mitigate hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by some pilots flying F-22s, and a phased approach to lifting flight restrictions implemented earlier this year. To fix the air supply problem and reduce the incidents of hypoxia-like events, the Air Force has made two changes to the aircraft’s cockpit life support system, Defense Press Secretary George Little said. First, the Air Force will replace a valve in the upper pressure garment vest worn by pilots during high-altitude missions. The valve was causing the vest to inflate, and remain inflated under conditions where it...
  • Did China Get Plans for Our Semi-Secret F-22 Raptor And Copy It? See the Alleged Pictures

    06/04/2012 11:38:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/14/12 | Liz Klimas
    Last week, the blog China Defense posted two photos, nearly identical, with only one line of text: “Just in case you might get confused, only one bird below is the J-20.” The J-20 stealth fighter is the creation of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the People’s Liberation Army in China. About a year and a half ago, the People’s Liberation Army conducted its first tests of the aircraft, which is expected to be fully operational sometime between 2017 and 2019.
  • F-22 Raptor pilots make problems public

    05/11/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Air Force late last month convened a summit in Ohio to address the most vexing problem of its premier jet fighter — pilots becoming dizzy from oxygen deprivation while flying the supersonic F-22 Raptor. Scientists, manufacturers and Raptor pilots at Wright-PattersonAir Force Base brainstormed on why aviators — 25 to date — are returning from missions suffering from hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. “It was an update on where we were at,” said Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis, a spokesman for the Air Force Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base. “We’re kind of closing in on some ideas.” The...
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Final, Historic F-22 Raptor To U.S. Air Force (#195)

    05/02/2012 12:22:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/2/12 | PRNewswire
    MARIETTA, Ga., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] leadership delivered today the 195th and last F-22 Raptor to U.S. Air Force leadership in a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics site here. With this delivery, the U.S. Air Force now possesses the world's only 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft fleet in the world. ... A host of distinguished officials participated in this monumental event, including senior leaders from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force; local, state and national elected officials; and Lockheed Martin employees who helped build the F-22 Raptor fleet. This final Raptor joins a...
  • F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

    04/04/2012 12:20:08 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    USAF Web Site ^ | 3/30/2012 | Mitch Gettle
    Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the aircrafts' on-board oxygen generation systems and briefed its findings and recommendations in trying to determine a root cause for pilots experiencing unexplained physiological events with the F-22 Raptor. "From April 2008 until May 2011, the Air Force experienced 14 physiological incidents with the fleet of...
  • Latest F-22 upgrade brings ability to jam enemy radars

    04/03/2012 12:35:07 AM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/3/2012 | David Mujumdar
    This year, the US Air Force started fielding the Increment 3.1 upgrade to its Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fleet. The modifications add a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capability to the fighter's Northrop Grumman APG-77 radar, plus electronic attack, better geo-location capabilities to find enemy radars and the ability to carry eight 113kg (250lb) small diameter bombs (SDBs), for use in pairs against four ground targets. Introduction of an SAR mode will assist during the manual targeting process, which is an improvement over the previous Increment 2 configuration's use of two 454kg Joint Direct Attack Munition satellite-corrected, inertially guided bombs against...
  • Raptors for the Long Haul

    04/01/2012 8:30:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Marc V. Schanz
    The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have a plan to make the most of the F-22 fleet. As always, money will be an issue. By the end of next month, the last F-22 Raptor built—tail No. 4195—should complete final checkout tests, take off from Lockheed Martin’s plant at Marietta, Ga., and fly to its new home at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Lt. Col. Paul D. Moga, once Air Combat Command’s F-22 demonstration pilot, and now commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf, will fly it there. As that last delivery flight takes place, the Air Force will confront a long...
  • USAF vows to discover root cause of Raptor's maladies

    03/31/2012 2:47:00 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/29/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) panel investigating a series of hypoxia-like incidents afflicting pilots flying the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has not discovered what is causing the problem, but service officials vow they will find the root cause. "I am convinced there is a root cause," says Maj Gen Charles Lyon, Air Combat Command's (ACC) director of operations. "I want everyone to know--particularly those who operate it and their families--we will not rest until we find that root cause." The USAF is continuing to test the F-22's life-support systems to try to determine what is still causing...