Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor…..pleased to meet you, air dominance is my game

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

LOCKHEED MARTIN F-22 RAPTOR

“Dominating the Skies. Overwhelming the Threat”

Up close with the Raptor at Avalon Air Show 2011 in Victoria, Australia.

The stealth like features are very noticeable. She is one sleek and powerful machine.

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

F-22A

USAF Raptor Avalon 2011

The two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles on the Mach 2+ capable Pratt & Whitney turbo fan engines allow for some impressive manoeuvering in the air. 

f-22A pratt & whitney vector thrust engines

F-22 Avalon Australia 2011 Raptor

Lockheed Martin F-22

F-22 pair

Unfortunately at Avalon the pilots were not display qualified and the Raptors remained on the ground. Luckily a few months later I got to see one fly.

 

Thunder Over Louisville 2011

Kentucky, USA

A terrible day weather-wise but an impressive display, especially with the afterburner roaring!

F-22 in flight thunder over louisville 2011

F-22 Raptor

Lockheed Martin F-22A Afterburner

F-22 Raptor Afterburner

I look forward to seeing the mighty Raptor in the skies again at this years Fourth of July celebrations.

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