F-22 at Aero India? Be dubious – very dubious.

The net is abuzz with a story that the F-22 Raptor may appear at the Aero India show in early February. I ran a quick check on Google news and it seems that only one publication, citing anonymous sources, is saying the F-22 will be there. Not one F-22, but two, both on static display.

Yeah, right.

Not to question the merits of India’s media, but to say this story stretches credulity is the understatement of the year. The F-22 made its first air show debut last year at Farnborough, flying in from a nearby RAF base, performing a few flypasts, and flying home.

Well, the idea of the USAF letting everyone get a long, nice close up look at the world’s hottest fighter is pretty hard to stomach. Particularly in India, which has suffered its share of security lapses over the years. I checked the USAF web site, and there is nothing about an Aero India appearance.

Anyway, if the F-22 is there, great. I’ll line up with everyone else, take lots of nice close up photos, and with luck cop a feel of its super-secret stealthy skin. A photo of myself in the cockpit would also be great , preferably drink in hand. Wonder if the aircraft has a drinks holder?

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4 Responses to F-22 at Aero India? Be dubious – very dubious.

  1. Sprucemoose 26 January, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Just a correction re Raptor’s appearance at Farnborough ’10. The jet also made an appearance at the ’08 show, but again only doing a flying display before returning to the safety of RAF Fairford.
    I’m also a bit dubious about the Aero India attendance claims – there’d probably be a bit of a FOD worry at Yelahanka, if previous shows are anything to go by!

  2. xbat 27 January, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    What exactly is hard to stomach? The F22 has already made appearances at Farnborough, Chile and Dubai. As for security lapses… oh that never happens in US right?

  3. Greg Waldron 27 January, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    “Hard to stomach” was poor phrasing on my part. What I meant was “hard to contemplate.”

    That said, since my post yesterday I’ve heard that there has been some discussion behind the scenes about bringing the aircraft to Aero India, but nothing definite as yet.

  4. Phil 2 February, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Must admit, I was disappointed at the lack of cup-holders in the F-22 cockpit.

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