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October 30, 2017
 

F-22 CTF celebrates 20th birthday of Raptor first flight

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Kenji Thuloweit
Edwards AFB, Calif.

Members of the F-22 Combined Test Force and special guests pose for a photo in front of one the CTF’s F-22 Raptors at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The CTF held a ceremony Oct. 19, 2017, to commemorate the first flight of the F-22.

The F-22 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., held a ceremony Oct. 19 to commemorate the first flight of the F-22 Raptor.

The first flight of the first F-22 aircraft took place Sept. 7, 1997. The fighter took off from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., with F-22 chief test pilot Paul Metz at the controls.

The F-22 CTF continues to test systems upgrades and modernization projects on the fifth-generation fighter.

According to the Air Force, the F-22 Raptor’s combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.

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 that have to burn a lot of fuel using an afterburner.




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