Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team

There is nothing like seeing the best of the best in the fifth generation USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter being put through its paces in glorious full afterburning glory! I never get bored watching the mean looking and mighty Raptor scream through the sky then stop mid-flight and completely change direction using vectored thrust engines!

USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor ready to fly
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
The Raptor Demo Team always bring a spare F-22 just incase there are any technical issues with the lead aircraft
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015 takeoff
F-22 take-off
Liftoff
Liftoff

The Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 included a showcase flying display by the USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team and as always it was an impressive performance. What is even more impressive is that they only show a fraction of its high-speed and extreme maneuverability during the show! I took the following photos during the Friday preview and the Sunday airshow days.

USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Demonstration Team at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Demonstration Team at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015
F-22 sharp turn with full afterburner Planes of Fame 2015
F-22 sharp turn with full afterburner
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015 afterburner
Afterburning power
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015 weapons bay
Concealed weapon bays revealed
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
Weapon bays are normally closed to increase the F-22’s stealth capability
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
Fast pass
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
High level display
A great view of the different shades of grey in the radar absorbing coating of the F-22 Raptor
A great view of the different shades of grey in the radar absorbing coating of the F-22 Raptor
Contrails USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
Contrails
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015 top pass
Lethal beauty
Barrel roll USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015 afterburner
Barrel roll
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
Closer…closer…closer
USAF F-22 sharp turn with full afterburner Planes of Fame airshow 2015
Up, up and away!
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015 afterburner
On the sunday the same maneuver created quite a bit of condensation
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Planes of Fame 2015
Goodbye
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