Watch These F-22 Raptors Practice Take Off and Landing!
Nothing just tears up the sky like an F-22 Raptor fighter jet. Yet, you wouldn’t know it by looking at this airplane landing. Designed by Lockheed Martin, the Raptor represents the fifth generation of fighter jets for the government contracted production company, fourth-generation in regards to stealth aircraft technology according to the United States Air Force. Either way, this is one lean, fast, performance war machine. You might remember the fighter jets that set the standard for years.. The old McDonald Douglas Boeing F-15 Eagles were sleek and fast. However, the F-22 performs much better and is a bit more fuel efficient. So why go to all the trouble of developing a fifth generation fighter jet when the Eagle series was doing just fine?
It was not so the aviation schools would have a new toy to play with, I’ll tell you that. It can be summed up in two words: Russia and China. That’s right, both countries were hot on the heels of the US trying to develop their own fifth generation fighter jets at the same time we were sending F-22’s into the sky. They claimed that their fighter jets would be technologically superior to ours in many ways. The part that stings was there was a kernel of truth to that. Notice I said was, not is. See, in the beginning, the F-22 was plagued with a series of internal systems snags. Moving the cockpit back a bit behind the nose looked good, but it was an engineering nightmare of sorts. To quote a military term, it was a bit of a SNAFU. If you don’t know what that means, Google it. We try to keep it PG here. Several reworks and tweaks had to be made to the internal wiring and navigational systems before a full production run could be established. However, once those adjustments were made, the F-22 was set to dominate the skies.
And it does. The F-22 clocks in at just over Mach 1.8 without the aid of afterburners. Its stealth is bar none. Because of that, maneuverability is sacrificed ever so slightly. When the Russians touted their jet, the PAK-FA, the claim was it could reach Mach 1.6 without afterburners, and it did. It does have a slight edge of the F-22 in maneuverability, but its stealth capabilities are nowhere near comparable. Plus, it is a smaller plane. So to say it is a competitor is like telling someone you like apples. Green apples and Gala apples are two different breeds. The only thing they have in common is that they grow on trees. However, apples never go to combat; jet fighters do. The only real way to test it would be to put them in the sky and let them have at it. I still believe the F-22 would win at the end of the day. It has a much better cockpit interface than the PAK-FA. Russian fighter jets are not known for being user friendly. In the air, that can be costly. You have to be able to make split second decisions. Any time you have to spend looking for lock down controls could be the difference between victory and defeat. Remember when I said earlier that the wiring had to be reworked and tweaked for a good long while? Well, in the end, it paid off. It makes all the difference.
It does not win in the price tag department though. Lockheed Martin charged $137 million per fighter jet to the United States government. Now, this might seem like a lot of money.
The Cost of Being the Best Jet Fighter
It does not win in the price tag department though. Lockheed Martin charged $137 million per fighter jet to the United States government. Now, this might seem like a lot of money. That’s because it is. However, when you think about it, can you really put a price tag on freedom? Plus, consider the fact that private jets can go well above that number and the fighter jets seem like a steal. To be fair though, Lockheed Martin also produced a more economically friendly jet, the F-35 Joint Strike fighter. The price tag for one of those babies rolling off the assembly line? A cool $110 million. But hey, for $27 million more, why not spring for the Raptor, right? You would want to pony up that extra scratch my friend. Remember, you always want to check the specs before you buy a lower-priced model, particularly when it comes to high performance fighter jets. Here is why. Lockheed conducted a test between the F-22 fighter jets and the F-15 Joint Strike Fighters. At the end of the controlled exercise, all four of the Joint Strikes had been targeted and marked as successful kills. The F-22 Raptors showed no loss at all. So, while some may say that the F-22 fighter jet is a bit too powerful for its own good, it was designed to be just that.
That’s why the F-22 is the meanest airborne jet fighter in the world. It was specifically designed to counter any threat in the sky from any enemy, foreign or domestic. Everything from the cockpit design to the wing grades were specifically developed for speed, agility, and assault. So the next time you see one of them streaking overhead at breakneck speed, leaving a white vapor trail behind as it’s only evidence; nod your head and smile. That’s the sound and look of freedom, and there is nothing else like it!