F-22 Raptor Demo Team
The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team will headline the Atlanta Air Show on October 13-14, 2018 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Raptor is the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world today. The F-22’s combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and advanced avionics make it invisible to radar and allow it to outperform any... View Article
The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team will headline the Atlanta Air Show on October 13-14, 2018 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Raptor is the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world today. The F-22’s combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and advanced avionics make it invisible to radar and allow it to outperform any other military jet in the sky. The Raptor cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.
The commander and pilot for the 2018 F-22 Raptor Demo Team is Major Paul “Loco” Lopez. He is the first African-American F-22 Raptor Demo pilot and will showcase the full capabilities of the aircraft. The Raptor’s performance defies imagination as it does backflips and stands motionless in mid-air. During high performance turns the Raptor accelerates air so rapidly that it causes it’s own low-pressure weather system often creating a cloud around the jet.
The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command will support the F-22 Raptor Demo Team’s performance at the Atlanta Air Show with two F-22s from the 44th Fighter Group out of Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. They will base out locally out of Dobbins Air Reserve Base where every F-22 Raptor in the Air Force active duty and reserve fleet was built.
A combination of sensor capability, integrated avionics, situational awareness, and weapons provides air superiority against any threat. The F-22 possesses a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, shoot and eliminate air-to-air threats before being detected. Significant advances in cockpit design and sensor fusion improve the pilot’s situational awareness.
The F-22 has a significant capability to attack surface targets. Munitions are stored internally and use on-board avionics for navigation and delivery. Advances in low-observable technologies, known as stealth provide significantly improved survivability and lethality against any threat.
The F-22 engines produce more thrust than any current fighter engine. The combination of sleek aerodynamic design and increased thrust allows the F-22 to cruise at supersonic airspeeds (greater than 1.5 Mach) without using afterburner — a characteristic known as supercruise. Supercruise greatly expands the F-22 ‘s operating envelope in both speed and range over current fighters, which must use fuel-consuming afterburner to operate at supersonic speeds. The sophisticated F-22 aerodesign, advanced flight controls, thrust vectoring, and high thrust-to-weight ratio provide the capability to outmaneuver all current and projected aircraft.
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