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19 Things You Never Knew About The F-22 Raptor

It just looks mean...that is, if you can see it.

1) The F-22's first flight was on September 7th, 1997.

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2) The jet was a product of the Advanced Tactical Fighter project. Lockheed Martin's F-22 design won over Northrop's YF-23 design.

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3) The YF-23 was considered to be more stealthy and faster, but the YF-22 was more maneuverable.

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4) During development, the second YF-22 crashed do to a flight control software error. The pilot, Tom Morgenfeld, escaped without injury.

5) The US Air Force initially forecast ordering 750 F-22s, but production slowdowns, increasing costs, and a lack of clear air-to-air missions reduced the number to 187 production aircraft.

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6) In 2012, the F-22 was estimated to cost $412 million per aircraft.

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7) Unlike most US fighter aircraft, the F-22 cannot be exported to any foreign country, even close allies of the US.

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8) The F-22 is a 5th generation fighter aircraft, and is considered to have 4th generation stealth technology.

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9) It's the first jet to combine stealth, supercruise, supermaneuverability, and sensor fusion into one platform.

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10) The F-22 has two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 engines, producing up to 35,000 pounds of thrust each.

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11) The engines can propel the F-22 to Mach 1.82 in supercruise, and over Mach 2 with afterburner.

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12) Thrust vectoring gives the F-22 even more maneuverability, allowing it to perform maneuvers that most 4th generation fighter aircraft can't.

13) The F-22 carries its weapons internally in 3 bays, increasing performance and stealth capability.

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14) The bay doors open for less than 1 second when a missile is launched.

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15) The F-22 can perform high-alpha maneuvers at over 60 degrees, while still maintaining roll control.

16) The radar on board the F-22 changes frequency over 1,000 times per second, reducing the chance of detection by enemy forces.

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17) The cockpit uses 6 LCD displays, in addition to the HUD, to present information to the pilot.

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18) And even though it's one of the Air Force's newest aircraft, it still runs into familiar faces near Alaska.

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19) The F-22s stealthiness, speed and maneuverability make it one of the most lethal and undetectable aircraft in the skies today. And, it's hard to defend against something you can't see.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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