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Could sequestration herald the rebirth of the Raptor?

There are few who would dispute that the Congressional sequestration, set to go into effect on 1 March, will be seriously damaging for the US Air Force and the other services. But could it also herald the rebirth of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor? Amy McCullough at the Air Force Association’s Air Force Magazine spoke […]

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More details about Lockheed’s Cuda missile

Lockheed Martin displayed a model of its prospective Cudaair-to-air missile at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium inOrlando earlier today. The company had some additional details about their newweapon, but the display itself was actually tucked away in a distant corner oftheir booth. Read the full story here This is a picture of the […]

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Raptors and Typhoons train together during Razor Talon

US Air Force Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors and UK Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons (FGR4) are participating in Exercise Razor Talon prior to their deployment to the massive Red Flag war-game at Nellis AFB, Nevada, later this month. These photos were taken over Atlantic near Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, where the exercise took place. […]

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DOD Inspector General finds USAF F-22 crash report conclusions not supported by the facts

On November 16, 2010, Capt Jeff Haney was killed when the bleed-air system in his F-22 Raptor malfunctioned and ultimately shutdown the jet’s life support system. Even though Haney had no oxygen, and the emergency oxygen system was difficult to use (so difficult that it had to be redesigned), the USAF blamed him for the […]

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Upgrading the Aggressors

Assuming the US Air Force can secure the funding it needs (not a sure thing in this budget environment), the service hopes to upgrade its Aggressor F-16 fleet with  new center displays, Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) and electronic attack pods to better replicate enemy threats. As it stands right now, the Aggressors under-replicate […]

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RAF Typhoon FGR4s arrive to train with 1st FW F-22 Raptors

A squadron of British Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s has arrivedat Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, in preparation for their participationin Exercise Western Zephyr. Before the exercise begins, the Royal Air Force’sXI Squadron will work on integrating with the 1st Fighter Wing’s(FW) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors, based locally at Langley. “The Raptor is a fifth-generation low observableaircraft and […]

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Pratt & Whitney delivers last Raptor engine

Today, Pratt & Whitney delivered the last of 507 F119 engines to the US Air Force. The F119, as most of you are undoubtedly aware, powers the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. One USAF engineer working on Raptor told me that in his personal opinion, “The F119 is the single best fighter engine ever built.” Indeed, […]

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ATFS 400 Phoenix-can it truly replicate the feel of flying a fighter?

Just how well simulators work for fighter applications is debatable. The consensus is that sims are great for replicating large scale exercises with realistic weapons and visuals, but they are less effective at simulating close range visual engagements and building general airmanship. Read my military simulation feature here. One of the biggest limitations is that […]

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How many Raptors does the USAF have left?

The weekend is almost upon us, so I’ll leave you all with a question to ponder. Just how many Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors does the US Air Force have? What we know for sure: There were a total of 195 aircraft built. 187 production jets and eight test articles–the last of which I personally saw […]

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How the USAF shot itself in the foot over the past 20 years… repeatedly

In this month’s issue of the US Air Force Research Institute’s Air & Space Power Journal, Lt Col Christopher Niemi, one of the original eight handpicked F-22 initial operational test and evaluation pilots and former commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, writes a very interesting piece about the USAF’s acquisition missteps […]

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