US Air Force Clears the F-22A Raptor for Operational Duty
January 16, 2006 2:47 PM
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Lockheed Martin's Raptor is cleared for deployment anywhere in the world
Lockheed Martin's F-22A Raptor has been officially cleared for operation in both
air-to-air and air-to-ground missions
. Langley Air Force in Virginia is now home to 12 combat-ready Raptors. It has been a long road for the Air Force's successor to the F-15 Strike Eagle. The first flight of the prototype YF-22 took place on September 29th, 1990 and the aircraft was officially named the F-22 Raptor in April of 1997.
The F-22A employs advanced stealth technology that was pioneered on the F-117 Nighthawk and has the ability to "supercruise" at speeds up to Mach 1.58 without the use of afterburners with its twin Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines. The fighter has the ability to obtain Mach 2+ with the use of its afterburners.
The F-22A is also one of the first operational fighter planes to feature an all-glass cockpit with no traditional round gauges serving as a backup. And for you CRT fans out there, sorry -- the Raptor uses six LCD screens instead of CRTs due to their lower power requirements.
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RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
1/16/2006 7:28:54 PM
"Among the bombs the Israeli air force will get are 500 one-ton bunker busters that can penetrate two-meter-thick cement walls; 2,500 regular one-ton bombs; 1,000 half-ton bombs; and 500 quarter-ton bombs."
This has already happened.
Plus, according to some sources, the U.S. is preparing bases in Azerbaijan. Which just happens to be directly north of Tehran. And lets see, as I recall we are also to the West and East of Iran.
And lets not forget about the carrier groups to the south of Iran in the Arabian sea.
I don't know, just a hunch...
Oh yeah, I forgot about the 80+ F16 fighters that have just been deployed to the gulf in the last few days.
Probably all coincidence however...
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