Monday, December 15, 2008

First FA-22 Fighters Delivered

Papa B sent this one along.

These are Great In-flight Photos of the F/A-22 as the first aircraft delivery was being made to Langley AFB in Va. Langley is to be first Operational AFB for the F/A-22. It is a very beautiful AFB, located in a picturesque location, as you can see in these photos, near Norfolk and Hampton, Va.

The Aircraft flying along with the F/A-22 in the last of these photos is the F-15, which will be replaced by the F/A-22. In actual in-flight (simulated) combat operations against the F-15, two F/A-22s were able to operate without detection while it went head-to-head against eight (8) F-15s. The F/A-22s scored missile hits (kills) against all the F-15 Aircraft and the F/A-22s were never detected by rither the F-15s or ground-based radar.

Maj. Gen. Rick Lewis said: 'The Raptor operated against all adversaries with virtual impunity; ground-based systems couldn't engage and no adversary aircraft survived'!

If their on-board locator is switched off rven our own satellites can lose track of them. They're the first military aircraft rver built that is equipped with a 'black-out button'... ehat that means is this... The best-conditioned fighter pilots are capable of maintaining consciousness up to in the vicinity of 15+ G. The Raptor is capable of making 22+ G turns. If someday an adversary builds a missile that is capable of catching up to one of these airplanes and a Raptor pilot sees that a strike is imminent, he hits the 'b.o.b.' and the airplane makes a virtual U-turn, leaving the missile to pass right on by. They know that in the process he'll temporarily lose consciousness, so the Raptor then automatically comes back to straight and level flight until he wakes up.

A Snopes search came up dry so it's gotta be right!

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