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F-22 Raptor
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Specifications Overview
Specifications Overview
Ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
Crew: 1
Categories Fighter Aircraft, Air Force Fighters, Air Force Aircraft, Attack Aircraft, Air Force Attack Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Air Force Equipment
Armament M61A2 cannon; 2x AIM-9 ; 6x AIM-120; 2x GBU-32; 2x AIM-120
Power Plant Two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners and two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles.
Speed Mach 2
Engine Thrust Class: 35,000 lb
Engines: Pratt & Whitney F-119
First Flight: September 7th 1997
G Limit: +9 G
Horizontal Tail Span: 29ft
Level Speed: 921 mph
Max. Takeoff Weight: 60,000 lb (27,216 kg)
Max. External Stores: 5,000 lb (2,270 kg)
Outer Surface Components:
39% Titanium
24% Composite
16% Aluminum
01% Thermo-plastic
Total Length: 62.08 ft
Tail Span: 18'10"
Total Height: 16.67ft
Track Width: 10.6ft
Weight Empty: 31,670 lb (14,365 kg)
Wing Area: 840 sq ft
Wing Span: 44.5 ft
Images for view a three view diagram of the F-22

F-22A Raptor at 2008 Andrews AFB airshow

An F-22 during takeoff, at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska

Two F-22s during flight testing, the upper one being the first EMD F-22, "Raptor 01"

Two F-22 Raptors line up for refueling during their first official deployment, October 2005

Two F-22A Raptors in close trail formation

F-22 Raptor, Andrews Air Force Base

An F-22 fires an AIM-120 AMRAAM

For stealth, the F-22 carries weapons in internal bays. The doors for the center bay and smaller side bays are open showing the six LAU-142/A AMRAAM Vertical Ejection Launchers (AVEL).

F-22 with external weapons pylons.

An F-22 refuels from a KC-135 during testing; the attachment on the back top is for a spin recovery chute

An F-22 observes as an F-15 Eagle banks left. The F-22 is intended to replace the F-15C/D
Here are further guidelines.
The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

A combination of sensor capability, integrated avionics, situational awareness, and weapons provides first-kill opportunity against threats. The F-22 Raptor possesses a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, shoot and kill air-to-air threats before being detected. Significant advances in cockpit design and sensor fusion improve the pilot's situational awareness. In the air-to-air configuration the Raptor carries six AIM-120 AMRAAMs and two AIM-9 Sidewinders.

The F-22 has a significant capability to attack surface targets. In the air-to-ground configuration the aircraft can carry two 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions internally and will use on-board avionics for navigation and weapons delivery support. In the future air-to-ground capability will be enhanced with the addition of an upgraded radar and up to eight small diameter bombs. The Raptor will also carry two AIM-120s and two AIM-9s in the air-to-ground configuration.

Advances in low-observable technologies provide significantly improved survivability and lethality against air-to-air and surface-to-air threats. The F-22 Raptor brings stealth into the day, enabling it not only to protect itself but other assets.

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, which must use fuel-consuming afterburner to operate at supersonic speeds.

The sophisticated F-22 aerodesign, advanced flight controls, thrust vectoring, and high thrust-to-weight ratio provide the capability to outmaneuver all current and projected aircraft. The F-22 Raptor design has been extensively tested and refined aerodynamically during the development process.

The F-22's characteristics provide a synergistic effect ensuring F-22A lethality against all advanced air threats. The combination of stealth, integrated avionics and supercruise drastically shrinks surface-to-air missile engagement envelopes and minimizes enemy capabilities to track and engage the F-22 . The combination of reduced observability and supercruise accentuates the advantage of surprise in a tactical environment.

The F-22 will have better reliability and maintainability than any fighter aircraft in history. Increased F-22 reliability and maintainability pays off in less manpower required to fix the aircraft and the ability to operate more efficiently.