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F-22 Fighters Delivered to Langley

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  1. Tomf-1

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    #1 Tomf-1, Jul 18, 2009
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    These are Great In-flight Photos
    Of the FA-22 as the first Aircraft
    Delivery was being made to Langley
    AFB in Va. Langley is to be first
    Operational AFB for the FA-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
    FA-22 in the last of these photos is
    The F-15, which will be replaced by
    The FA-22 which is several times
    Better.

    In Actual In-flight (simulated)
    Combat Operations against the F-15,
    Two FA-22s were able to operate
    Without detection while they went
    Head to head against (8) F-15s. The
    FA-22s scored Missile Hits (Kills)
    Against all the F-15 Aircraft and the
    F/A-22s were never detected by
    Either 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'!

    FA-22 -- America 's Most Advanced
    Fighter Aircraft for the 21st Century!
    They're a titanium and carbon fiber
    Dagger. They're so advanced that if
    Their on-board locator is switched off
    Even our own satellites can lose track
    Of them.. They're the first military
    Aircraft ever built that is equipped
    With a 'black-out button'. What 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 will
    Temporarily lose consciousness, so the
    Raptor then automatically comes back
    To straight and level flight until he
    Wakes back up.


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  3. Andy H

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    Awesome pics, great looking plane too :)

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  4. Kds

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    #3 Kds, Jul 18, 2009
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    FYI a squadron of Raptors has been based in Elmendorf AFB for months now. Cool paint scheme on the upper surfaces.
     
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    #4 Mule, Jul 18, 2009
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    You mean other than the snow?
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    Is there a significance to the paint scheme on the upper portion?
     
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  8. Bob Parks

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    That paint scheme was devised by Keith Ferris, artist and son of an air force pilot. I'm not sure what it does except to try to break up the pattern of the aircraft.
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    Your eye (actually your brain) picks up shapes. If you break up the shape and give it a neutral color it blends in easier to background clutter. May make you miss it or miss what it is for just long enough to be too late.
     
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    #8 tazandjan, Jul 20, 2009
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    The first F/A-22 arrived a Langley AFB on 12 May 2005. Since renamed the F-22A, the aircraft has been widely distributed and deployed to PACAF and other locations to prove its flexibility and capability.

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  11. Bob Parks

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    Brian, how can this work when you have outlined the shape of the aircraft with a light grey color ?
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  13. SilverF20C

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    Ahem, that's stealth duct tape. It makes the brain think it's looking at a broken down car and not a military jet, at least long enough before it's too late. :)
     
  14. Bob Parks

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    Even at 83 I ain't that late. The shot of the F-22 over Fortress Monroe brings back memories of when I was stationed at Langley Field in '44-'45. Different now with no B-24's or B-17's.
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    #12 Mule, Jul 20, 2009
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    Arrival in Alaska...

    Old 90 FS F-15E escorts the new 90 FS F-22A.
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    I believe the Hawaii ANG, is the next unit to obtain the Raptor. Perhaps that will be the last unit ? Holloman (49th F.W.), obtained the Raptors after the Wing in AK stood up. I believe the 531st F.S., will be reactivated to fly as an associate unit, along with the Hawaii ANG - 199th F.S. The VA ANG also flies the Raptor out of Langley, as an associate unit. The AFRES, also has an associate unit in AK.

    Integration of active and ANG units, has never been so good. Gen Whitehead just after WW II remarked, that the Air Guard was essentially just flyable storage. The Total Force, has come a long way.

    I hope they will build a few more Raptors. The F-35, is just not the same airplane, from what I have read. Gates is on a mission, to destroy manned Tacair.
     
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    All in jest of course. You are more with it than an SR71 at full afterburner. :) B-24's/17's - That must've been a sight in itself.
     
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    Excuse my ignorance, what is the top speed, acceleration etc spec of the plane?
     
  21. Bob Parks

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    I can't tell you how many times my mind returns to the sounds of those R1830's and R1820's, the wailing brakes as the big stuff taxied by the barracks, and the constant sounds of airplanes running up and taking off. I know that it doesn't make much sense now but I bunked right at the end of the main runway and we were lulled to sleep by machinery of the time. I had a helluva time re-learning how to sleep when I returned to a small little house on a key off the coast of Florida where there was no sound except the lapping of the gentle waves of the Gulf. Langley was a great station.
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    This sounds like BS. 22g = the force of a car on your body, this seems like it would do serious damage if not kill you, especially since it would be virtually instantaneous.
     
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    That information is classified. Let's just say "Mach 2 class" and leave it at that.
     
  25. Bob Parks

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    I just thought of a game that I played with my buddies at night when the night training missions were taking off over our barracks. Hardly anybody could recognize the sounds of the different airplanes coming over so I would bet on what it was unseen. I made a lot of beer money when I would correctly guess what came over. The B-17's always had a sort of popping sound to them due to the 9 cylinder Wrights. The B-24's always had a smoother liquid sound to them due to the 18 cylinder P&W's and they were the only ones to have the spot disc brakes then. We would call operations and verify the type. Nice sight to see the four red hot donuts of the turbo chargers as they went over. Some good memories , some not as good.
     
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    At just 4.5 g's, it begins to really pull.
     

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