Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The F-22 Raptor

The star of the show was the demonstration flight of the F-22 Raptor.

America's and likely the world's best fighter jet in the skies today was on display in a rare public flying display of this aircraft.

It looked awesome up close on the ground:

On Taxi the gold colored canopy really stood out:

The rectangular thrust vectoring nozzles are quite distinctive.

Takeoff was fast and relatively quiet:

Then right up into a burner climb. There's apparently 9 different afterburner modes on the F-22.

The F-22 Demo Team showed a lot of the awesome maneuvers the F-22 can do and made tons of quality passes by the crowd.

The F-22 from the front:

From the back:

Some good looks at the top of the plane as it passes by:

A very cool flyby was one done slowly with the weapons bay open:

A pass with the weapons bay closed:

There were low passes and low burner passes.

Fast moving passes:

A vertical climb:

Then just for fun they flew the F22 slow in the vertical and basically just let it stand on its tail in one spot neither gaining nor losing altitude without the use of afterburners:

To say this flight of the F-22 was an awesome display would be an understatement. But the display of the F-22 didn't end there.

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