F-22 Raptor over Texas

Those if you who frequent this site know I’m a big fan of the F-35, but there is one aircraft out there that surpasses all others in terms of sheer power and maneuverability….the F-22 Raptor. The jet incorporates advanced vectored thrust engine nozzles,which coupled with two F119 engines, combine to provide the pilot with 70,000 lbs of thrust (in afterburner). The 5th generation fighter is assembled at the Lockheed facility in Marietta, Georgia, but the center section of the fuselage is made here in Fort Worth.

These F-22 photos were taken at the Alliance Air show in Fort Worth, Texas in October. The twin afterburners are aglow even against a bright blue sky background.

 

Lockheed Martin manufactures the forward and central fuselages including the cockpit; Boeing makes the wings and aft fuselage. The F119-PW-100 engines that power the Raptor are made by Pratt & Whitney.

 

A total of 195 F-22 s have been built, the last one having rolled off the assembly line in December. This aircraft belongs to the USAF’s 9th Fighter Wing (49 WG), an air combat squadron out of Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

(All photos courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

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  1 comment for “F-22 Raptor over Texas

  1. Jeff
    February 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    The finest production fighter ever built!!! There is no country that can match the performance of the F22. Many may try, and good luck with that as you can spend the money too… We’ll see you in the fight. Watchout for the F35 which is a variant of the F22

    This ain’t no party, this ain’t not disco, this ain’t no foolin’n around…

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