F-22s Will Once Again Amaze Crowd
The Lockheed F-22 "Raptor," one of the world's most advanced
military jets, will return and fly during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2008, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," this year at
Oshkosh, WI. Two of the airplanes will arrive at Wittman Regional
Airport with an aerial performance on July 31, and at least one
aircraft will fly an aerial demonstration each afternoon on Friday
through Sunday, August 1-3.
"One of the big questions we've received this winter from EAA
AirVenture attendees is whether the F-22s would be returning to
Oshkosh this year," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and
AirVenture chairman. "The Raptors' aerial abilities, either flying
solo or in formation during Heritage Flights with World War II- and
Korean War-era aircraft, were among the top highlights of last
year's daily air shows."
Many of the aerial maneuvers displayed during an F-22
performance are unique to the type, and were discovered and refined
during flight tests and simulated aerial combat. They have unique
names such as the "Mongo Flip," "J-turn," and "Pedal Turn," which
showcase the unprecedented agility of the aircraft. Extreme
slow-speed passes and maneuvers such as "The Cobra" are also part
of the demonstrations.
The cutting-edge abilities of the F-22 are possible through a
combination of high power, vectored thrust and integrated avionics.
The airplane's stealth technology also allows it to elude detection
and be more effective as a weapon. In training exercises, the F-22
proved to extremely successful, compiling impressive victory totals
against traditional front-line jet fighters.
These advanced attributes also allow the F-22 to perform air
show maneuvers not seen from any previous US military aircraft. Its
afterburners allow it to climb vertically as soon as its wheels
leave the ground, while the Raptor's control surfaces allow it to
maneuver at speeds as low as 80 miles and hour, although its top
speed is Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound, or more than 1,400
There are currently 91 Raptors in the Air Force inventory. As ANN reported, F-22s based
at Langley AFB in Virginia received FOC (full operational
capability) in December 2007.
The 56th annual edition of the EAA fly-in convention will be
held July 28-August 3.