Yes, America’s F-22 Raptor Can Be Defeated
The U.S. Air Force has as a tiny fleet of 186 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters. That’s all that survived out of 187 production aircraft (195 jets if developmental airframes are included) that were built out of the 750 that were originally planned. Of those 186 remaining Raptors,... Read more
Russia Can Now Spy on the F-22 Over Syria
Russia may be using its air campaign in Syria as an opportunity to gather intelligence on U.S. forces and gain operational experience on their latest hardware. Gathering information on the U.S. Air Force’s stealthy fifth-generation F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter is of particular interest to the Russian military. Nonetheless,... Read more
A Psychologist Reassured the Stealth Fighter Pilots
Originally published on Nov. 11, 2014. Aviator morale plummeted in 2012 when it became evident that the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were choking their pilots. The stealth fliers’ moods got so bad that the flying branch assigned a psychologist to help with “allaying pilot concerns.” That’s... Read more
America’s Best Stealth Weapons
Stealth, or the idea of reducing the ability of the enemy to detect a weapon, has been around since the first caveman sewed a pocket into his clothing and hid a rock in it. Thousands of years later, with the ability to detect objects on the ground, in the... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Is Worried
Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, is worried. For decades, 400 “fourth-generation” Air Force F-15s and nearly 2,000 F-16s dominated the skies over foreign battlefields. But today China and Russia have fighters of their own that outclass the F-15s and F-16s. Worse, the... Read more
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