Bet You Didn’t Know These 10 Facts About The F-22 Raptor

Bet You Didn’t Know These 10 Facts About The F-22 Raptor
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Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is one of the most impressive fighter jets that the United States Air Force has. Its modern avionics and stealth features are unmatched by the other fighter jets in the world. Even if the Raptor is considered as an air superiority fighter, it also has ground attack, signal intelligence, and electronic warfare capabilities.

Even if the F-22 Raptor has its own drawdowns when it comes to manufacturing and maintenance costs, it will be really hard for other powerful nations to compete with such aircraft with advanced technologies. We know this aircraft is a special one, that is why we are going to share some least known facts about the F-22 Raptor. Do you think you know much about F-22? Let’s find out!

#1 108:0 Kill Ratio

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Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson

According to reports, the F-22 competed with F-15 to come to the top with a amazing kill ratio of 108:0.

 

#2 Huge Capacity Of Weapons

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F-22 has 4 hardpoints on wings making it capable of carrying large number of weapons. All together it can carry 5 000 lbs. In addition it can carry external fuel tanks or AIM-120A AMRAAM. The F-22 also comes with 3 internal weapon bays.

 

#3 Lifespan Of 30 Years

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Photo credits: Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield

The Raptor has a 30 years of a lifespan and has 8 000 flight hours plus they are looking for extending the lifespan of F-22 further.

 

#4 First 5th-Generation Military Aircraft  Of United States

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Photo credits: Senior Airman Lauren Russell

 

#5 Thrust Vectoring Capable

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Photo credits: Lt. Sam Eckholm

Thrust vectoring is an unique technology to the F-22 Raptor. It allows the aircraft to rotate through air. This enhances the level of maneuverability of the aircraft to a next level.

 

#6 Most Expensive Fighter Jet In The United States

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Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Don Hudson

Due to the fact that F-22 Raptor is loaded with advanced technologies, this aircraft cost $150 million per unit. Not only in America, this aircraft is one of the most expensive fighter jet in the whole world.

 

#7 Top Speed Of Mach 1.82

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Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton

As we mentioned earlier F-22 is an impressive piece of technology because this aircraft can perform maneuvers at these top speeds and also in subsonic speeds.

 

#8 F-22 Has A Unique Cockpit

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Photo credit: David Bedard

The cockpit of the Raptor is the first cockpit compatible with baseline Night Vision Goggles and it also has an upgraded life support system.

 

#9 No Export

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Photo credit: Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield

Due to the highly advanced stealth technolgies used in the F-22 Raptor, it is prohibited by US federal law to export this aircraft.

 

#10 1.7 Million Lines Of Code

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Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew

Programs of the F-22 Raptor is filled with around 1.7 million lines of code. Most of these are programs which are used for processing radar data.

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