F-22 Raptor

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Air Superiority/Multirole Fighter
Lockheed Martin, Boeing IDS
United States Air Force

The F-22 Raptor is a stealth air superiority fighter being flown by the United States Air Force. It is highly agile, with its roles not limited to air dominance, but varying to to ground attack, electronic warfare, and reconnaissance.


In the 1980s, the United States Air Force , under the need for a jet fighter with the capability of countering worldwide threats, funded the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program. Several prototypes, including the YF-22 "Lightning" and the YF-23 Black Widow were built as candidates for the program. After extensive flight testing of both models, the YF-22 was chosen and later developed into the F-22A Raptor.[1] The Raptor possesses stealth capabilities and its powerful PW F119 engines which allow it to reach speeds of near Mach 2 without the use of its afterburners. Its thrust vectoring nozzles allow for supreme maneuverablity over most other fighter aircraft. Although designed mainly for Air Superiority like its predecessor, the F-15, it has additional ground-attack capabilities with a small arsenal of precision-guided bombs. It is considered by many to be the best fighter aircraft in the world.

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See AlsoEdit

F-15 Eagle



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