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 8:18:10 PM
And I especially like how consider Afghanistan equal to Iraq or Iran. We scared out the Taliban and handed the country over to the drug lords. Way to go USA!
Clearly dropping some bombs on a few "bunkers" Iran is quite different than removing their government, which would make what we are going through in Iraq look like a weekend at Disneyland.
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