Tag Archives | F-22

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New G-suit gives PAK-FA higher operational ceiling than the Raptor?

Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA pilots will be equipped with a new g-suit that will allow them to eject from the aircraft at altitudes of 75,000ft (23,000m). If the PAK-FA is able to fly at those altitudes operationally, that would mean that it has a significantly higher operational ceiling than the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. ┬áThe […]

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PICTURE: First flight of last F-22

We last saw Raptor 4195 on 13 December after it rolled off Lockheed Martin’s assembly line in Marietta, Georgia. The last of 195 F-22s ordered by the US Air Force then moved to finishings and pre-flight checks. Finally, as Flightglobal’s Dave Majumdar exclusively reported yesterday, the still-naked 4195 bird passed the first flight milestone. Lockheed  […]

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Top USAF general explains EXACTLY how to kill an F-22

Hopefully, you will never find yourself in air-to-air combat with a Lockheed Martin F-22,  particularly if you happen to be flying any other fighter besides an F-22. The Raptor still boasts a 30:1 kill ratio in mock dogfights (the only kind of dogfight, alas, the F-22 has ever known). Notice, however, the “:1″ part of […]

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F-22 crash mystery finally explained

The US Air Force has ended the mystery of what happened to the Lockheed Martin F-22 that crashed on 16 November 2010. According to the newly-released accident investigation board report, the cause wasn’t the onboard oxygen generation system (OBOGS), although it did stop working. Instead, the pilot apparently struggled to activate the back-up oxygen system […]

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F-22 assembly line fades into history

There are now four active fighter assembly lines in the US, one less than a few hours ago.Lockheed Martin confirms that F-22 tail number 4195 rolled off the assembly line earlier this morning. The last of the 185 operational F-22s has now moved to the flight line, with final delivery to the US Air Force […]

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PICTURE: Raptor snapshots by the Rafale

At LIMA 2011 air show in Malaysia, Dassault released a set of imagery from an apparent engagement between the Rafale and the Lockheed Martin F-22. One of the images have been released before, and it came from the sort-of-friendly fighter jet show-down in November 2009 at Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates. The imagery was […]

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The real story behind a $7.4 billion F-22 contract goof

To set the record straight, Lockheed Martin has not received a new $7.4 billion contract to fund upgrades for the F-22. However, a variety of news outlets, including Reuters and a Time magazine blog, as well financial analysts can be excused for getting the facts confused. They were simply reporting the verbatim text of an […]

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VIDEO: Russian TV special on PAK-FA engine

The Saturn NPO 117 engine “enables the execution of a wide range of maneuvers which match the performance of the Raptor and in some parameters exceed it”, says Russian guy.It’s your move, Pratt & Whitney.

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A PSA for F-22 pilots

It’s been another wild week for the Lockheed Martin F-22 fleet. For the first time in five days, about 30 F-22s at Langley AFB, Virginia, were cleared to fly today. That comes one day after Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson lifted a grounding order on 40 F-22s. Both flight stoppages were triggered on 20 October after a […]

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Eurofighter forecasts new Brazil-Turkey fighter in 2025

As part of its KF-X presentation at the Seoul Air Show on 21 October, Eurofighter representative Cassidian displayed a fascinating chart with a fighter market forecast. Click on the chart to download a high-resolution version.There are some questionable assertions, as one might expect of a manufacturer-driven forecast. Eurofighter, of course, predicts the Dassault Rafale loses […]

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