The First F/A-22 Delivered to Langley AFB
These are photos
of the F/A-22 (Raptor) as the first aircraft delivery was being made to
Langley AFB in VA. Langley is to be first operational AFB for the
The Aircraft flying along with the F/A-22 in several of these photos is the F-15, which will be replaced by the F/A-22 since testing by the USAF has verified predictions that the F/A-22 would be several times better than the F-15.
In actual in-flight (simulated combat) operations against the F-15, one F/A-22 was able to operate without detection while it went head to head against 4 F-15's and (2) F/A-22's against (8) F-15's. The F/A-22's scored missile hits (Kills) against each F-15 Aircraft and the F/A-22's were never detected by the F-15's 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."
Webpage created July 25 2005
Also...there was a show on the history Channel dealing with the F/A-22 that an ARC'er found quite interesting. He sent me a link if you want to order the DVD of this show. I have not seen the show myself, but it does sound interesting. http://store.aetv.com/html/product/index.jhtml?id=73360
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|042 About To Touch Down||042 and F-15 Over Newport News Shipbuilding||042 and F-15 over Fort Monroe||042 Blinding Shot|
These photos were sent around by e-mail and I believe they are from official USAF web site.