The F-22 Raptor is one of the military’s most powerful weapons, but everything—man, woman, sentient rotted orange—has a weakness. For the fighter jet, that weakness is BEEEEEEEEEES!
Last week the Department of Justice announced the conviction of Wenxia Man by a federal jury. The crime? Conspiring to export military jet engines and drones to China. Not plans. Not components. Entire jet engines and drones.
A gaggle of F-22A Raptors belonging to the 199th Fighter Squadron, which is part of the 154th Wing of the Hawaiian Air National Guard, deployed to the Middle East yesterday. This comes as tensions are hot between the U.S. and Russia over Syria and as the F-22 seems to be in demand around the globe.
It's true that the F-22 Raptor has never been tested in battle. What's also true is that it has dominated nearly every realistic wargame it has ever come across. It is faster, stealthier, and more deadly than any fighter jet ever before it, and it doesn't hurt that it's the second prettiest plane ever made, either.
In the past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky.
The U.S. Air Force's fleet of radar-evading F-22 Raptor fighters has been grounded until "further notice." It's the latest blow to the reputation of the world's most expensive, and allegedly most fearsome, dogfighter.
Duane Innes was driving when he noticed a passed out pickup truck driver heading towards traffic. Innes, an engineer and Boeing's manager of the F-22 fighter-jet program, quickly did the math, sped up, and let the pickup crash into him.