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Posted: 3/1/2006 2:49:15 AM EDT
Here's a video of F-22 flight-test that I'm proud to say that I had a small part in during the 4 years that I was stationed at Edwards AFB. Love the 20 MM gun testing parts.

US Air Force F-22 Raptor 02 Demonstration Video


Lots of pictures to follow in later posts.

Link Posted: 3/1/2006 3:01:09 AM EDT
Lockheed started their numbering system of the F-22s with 4001.

Here's Raptor 4001, the first one and also the first one I worked on.








Link Posted: 3/1/2006 3:09:59 AM EDT
The final assembly plant for the F22 is less than five miles from my place so I get to see them flying them a lot. Big jet. I gives you wood when it flys by!
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 3:18:09 AM EDT
Snapping off a missile shot in a roll was sweet.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 3:21:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/1/2006 3:24:06 AM EDT by 2A373]
4002












Link Posted: 3/1/2006 3:29:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 2A373:
Here's a video of F-22 flight-test that I'm proud to say that I had a small part in during the 4 years that I was stationed at Edwards AFB. Love the 20 MM gun testing parts.

US Air Force F-22 Raptor 02 Demonstration Video


Lots of pictures to follow in later posts.




HOT LINKED
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 4:23:59 AM EDT
4003




Link Posted: 3/1/2006 5:17:44 AM EDT
Dayum........................did you see that tail slide in the video...........I've got an open invitation to go to Langley and get close and personal with the 22...........now I think I need to call up my favor.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 10:35:48 PM EDT
4004




Link Posted: 3/1/2006 10:46:15 PM EDT
Never seen one with exterior hard mounts, doesnt that defeat the purpose of hte stealth?
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 10:50:24 PM EDT
I hate you.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 11:05:49 PM EDT
Thats frickin' awesome.
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 11:25:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By nf9648:
Never seen one with exterior hard mounts, doesnt that defeat the purpose of hte stealth?




Yes external stores severely increase the RCS, but once jettisoned the aircraft is stealthy again.


4006










Link Posted: 3/1/2006 11:30:12 PM EDT
Cool pics, Thanks
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 1:51:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
I hate you.






29 more days until I'm done with lawn darts and go back to crewing -22s.



4007





Link Posted: 3/2/2006 1:59:31 AM EDT
Where is the F22 in it's production cycle?
Are they actively being built?
Are there any actively serving in the USAF yet?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 2:12:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2006 2:14:12 AM EDT by 2A373]

Originally Posted By Leisure_Shoot:
Where is the F22 in it's production cycle?
Are they actively being built?
Are there any actively serving in the USAF yet?



50+ out of the 183 ordered so far have been delivered and the first operational squadron at Langley AFB, VA has been declared operational and ready to go to war.



4009

Link Posted: 3/2/2006 2:16:19 AM EDT
How many current aircraft are the 183 replacing?
I assume they are replacing the F117's.
Are F15's and F16's being taken out of service at a fast pace these days?
Or is the F22 more of a "supplement" right now?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 2:32:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2006 2:33:41 AM EDT by 2A373]

Originally Posted By Leisure_Shoot:
How many current aircraft are the 183 replacing?
I assume they are replacing the F117's.
Are F15's and F16's being taken out of service at a fast pace these days?
Or is the F22 more of a "supplement" right now?



The -22 is the replacement for the F-15C, which there are 396 in the active duty AF. The original plan was for 700+ F-22s but budget cuts has it down to 183 now.

The F-22 can perform some of the F-117's mission, but cannot carry as large of bombs as the -117 can carry (two 1000 lbs JDAMs for the -22 and two 2000 lbs bombs that can be either laser guided or JDAMs for the -117).

F-15C's are being taken out of the active duty AF and put into ANG service to replace their F-15A's as F-22 are delivered. The -22 is not replacing F-16s; they are going to be replaced by F-35s.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 2:39:10 AM EDT
Damn, im going to miss the F16!

Link Posted: 3/2/2006 2:45:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By falaholic1:
Damn, im going to miss the F16!




I'm not!


4011





Link Posted: 3/2/2006 6:17:33 AM EDT
Really is a beautiful bird.

Can't wait until the JSF comes out.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:55:31 PM EDT
4014





And after a very bad day.



Crash details
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:36:19 PM EDT
Thanks for the pics...saved a few of those bad boys...

Sad to see that one crashed...one expensive mistake...does that guy drive a desk now?
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