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Check out the Raptor (Airshow photos)

Old 06-29-2008, 05:23 AM
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Today (06-26-08) was the annual "Arctic Thunder" open house and air show at Elmendorf Air force Base, here in Anchorage, Alaska. We've had an active squadron of F-22 "Raptors" for about a year, (the "Arctic Warriors") but until today, I have not seen the flight demo live. Ohhhhhhhh, my God.

I've posted a gallery of slides and video from the show, at http://gallery.mac.com/mikejames#100106

Raptor fans will of course, love it, but I thought those of you with an interest in aerodynamics would enjoy it, because it's just incredible performance!

• First, this is a BIG aircraft, and unlike the impression you get in photos, all the control surfaces are absolutely huge.

• There's a LOT of washout at the wing tips... something I had barely noticed before.

• In it's low-speed regime, this machine can perform more like a spaceship than what we traditionally think of as "fighters". (65,000 pounds-ish on the weight, with something like 70,000 pounds of (Vectoring) thrust, and a computer-enhanced fly-by-wire system that makes it all look easy.

Check it out. (There are a couple of short clips from the "Thunderbirds" display, too.)

Take care, and enjoy the photos.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:52 PM
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Default RE: Check out the Raptor (Airshow photos)

MJ what's goin' on? Nice to see a post from you again. Been a while.
Hope you're doing well!
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Old 06-29-2008, 03:09 PM
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Hi Paul,

Glad to hear from you, and wish you the best.

Not much has changed since we last spoke, actually, but I keep plugging ahead, as best I can. I assume you're still doing magnificent scale work?

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