20 July 2009

FA-22 Raptor

according to an email from a tucson friend, the first FA-22 Raptors, the newest generation air superiority stealth fighter, have been delivered to langley AFB. designed to replace the aging F-16, the Raptor has capabilities most pilots can only fantasize about. because of their stealth design, speed, armament, and high maneuverability at both subsonic and supersonic speeds, Raptors are undetectable by ground- or air-based radars, allowing them to operate with impunity.

now let's hope that civilian and military leaders will have the wisdom to deploy these aerial weapons systems with caution and foresight, rather than the chip-on-the-shoulder politics of the recent past. below, a Raptor goes supersonic.

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