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.
The two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles on the Mach 2+ capable Pratt & Whitney turbo fan engines allow for some impressive manoeuvering in the air.
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
A terrible day weather-wise but an impressive display, especially with the afterburner roaring!
I look forward to seeing the mighty Raptor in the skies again at this years Fourth of July celebrations.