Liberte! Equalite! F-22 Display??

The Paris Air Show is only one month away, so let the speculation begin: will the F-22 make a debut appearance?

I believe the official word is "no comment", and the Paris Air Show press kit excludes the F-22 from the list of aircraft on static display. But there are some encouraging signs that a Raptor could make an at least brief appearance at Le Bourget.

A potential clue came last month when the F-22 flying display got road-tested for the first time at the Hampton Roads Air show. Watch the video here. The show happens to be perfectly timed as a Paris Air Show rehearsal. Hmmm …

Also, what better way to show solidarity with US President George Bush’s new best friend in France, Monsieur Sarkozy?

There is some history to overcome. When the F-117 stealth fighter made its Paris Air Show debut in 1991, the pilot created an international incident when he took a swipe at the arm of the French Defense Minister, who ill-advisedly tried to touch the aircraft’s wing. There also remain legendary tales of a conspiracy by French air traffic control to make the F-117 fly a circuitous route that roughly corresponded to a tour of the French military’s radar installations.

The DEW Line, for one, hopes that all of this could be overcome. A likely scenario may be for the F-22 to make a brief pass of the air show, but takeoff and land from Britain.

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9 Responses to Liberte! Equalite! F-22 Display??

  1. HerkEng 15 May, 2007 at 8:43 am #

    The air show is to sell aircraft… We don’t really want to sell the aircraft to anyone. So then, why display it?

    It would be nice to see what that sommbitch can do.
    What I really want is to see the F-22 and the SU-30(35/37) go head to head and do a dance off!

  2. Stephen 15 May, 2007 at 4:54 pm #

    Lockheed Martin, you can be sure, wants to sell that airplane. At least to the Japanese. The US Air Force potentially likes that because it keeps the production alive a little bit longer.

  3. HerkEng 15 May, 2007 at 10:23 pm #

    …But the Japanese do not need it, they have the F-2 (snicker)

  4. Flip 4 June, 2007 at 6:08 am #

    But the Japanese really want the F22, the officialy said that, and pressured the US government to release the F-22 asap cause the really want to buy it. If the US doesnt sell the F22, Japan will buy the EF2000.

  5. HerkEng 4 June, 2007 at 8:16 am #

    What would be the top 4 countries to sell the F-22 to?
    mine…
    4.Japan
    3.Israel
    2.UK
    1.Australia

    Turkey has pissed me off the past few days…

    I want Israel to have it but, can they be trusted with it? Or will we then see it in Chinese markings?

    The UK wouldn’t buy it

    I feel that Australia deserves it if they are willing to pay for it. They have been our best friend in this war and all in the past.

    Japan should buy it too but we should build it for them…none of this Mitsubishi crap.

    What would your list look like and why?

  6. Stephen 4 June, 2007 at 5:03 pm #

    Top 4? Hmmm. How many countries really NEED the F-22, is my question. And, yes, I include the US.

  7. Stephen 4 June, 2007 at 5:05 pm #

    Err … by the way … the Air Command Command has officially ruled out sending the F-22 demo team overseas this year. So, no F-22 in Paris.

  8. HerkEng 4 June, 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    With Russia playing old games and with the N. Korean and Chinese threat starting to loom once again… I feel that we should not be the only country with F-22s

    The Eurotrashfighter ad the Ralphy fighters I do not think could hold their own against the modern fighters of the near future. I set both of them just barely up there with the F-15.

  9. Dan G 5 June, 2007 at 4:06 pm #

    “The Air Command Command has officially ruled out sending the F-22 demo team overseas this year.”

    But maybe next year – Farnborough? As I live very close, that would be good :-)

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