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LATEST F-22A RAPTOR NEWS & COMMENTARY

Air Force officials release F-22 accident report

Photo essay: Raptors at Red Flag-Alaska

Obama praises Senate vote on F-22 funding

Tinker refurbishes F-22 air turbines

Weapons school instructors validate first UAS, Raptor courses

Maintainers keep F-22s ready in Guam

Airmen, F-22s support Pacific presence mission

F-22s, B-2s fly together over Pacific Ocean

F-22 exchange pilot helps strengthen U.S., Australian ties

Moving beyond the F-22

Gates recommendation: End F-22 production at 187 aircraft

F-22A crash claims life of Edwards pilot

U.S., Japan forces conduct bilateral training

Air Force, Navy pilots train together over Okinawa

Egress technicians keep Raptor pilots covered

Largest deployment of F-22s under way

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NYC Twin Beacons Skyward
God Bless America

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Let's Roll! Image

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE FIRST CITIZEN HEROES OF 9.11.2001

Selected U.S. Air Force aircraft began displaying this distinctive nose art design in 2002. The design was created by Senior Airman Duane White at Air Combat Command and features the words "LET'S ROLL!", said by Todd Beamer as he and other passengers moved to fight for control of United Airlines flight 93 before it crashed on September 11. The USAF THUNDERBIRDS and other demonstration teams have the nose art applied to all their aircraft. Major command and wings are allowed to use the design on one aircraft.

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HISTORY HAS PROVEN THE NEED FOR AIR DOMINANCE

The unprecedented success of the F-15 EAGLE has demonstrated the performance standard required for air dominance since becoming the UNITED STATES front-line fighter in the mid' 1970's.

The F-22A RAPTOR, successor to the F-15 EAGLE, has raised that performance standard a quantum leap. The F-22A RAPTOR has achieved initial operational capability as of December 2005 and is now combat ready. The F-22A RAPTOR, by all accounts, is expected to "own" any future enemy air space with it's stealth, supercruise Pratt & Whitney thrust-vectoring engines, twin Cray equivalent supercomputer avionic synergies, including passive Inter/Intra Flight Data Link technologies.

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AIR DOMINANCE AND MISSION SUCCESS

Be it the Battle of Midway or Desert Storm, air power has changed the course of history. Ironically, it was air power that plunged the UNITED STATES into war after the attack at Pearl Harbor and air power that turned the tide in the Pacific at the Battle of Midway. Rapid deployment of air superiority fighters saved many American and coalition lives and vanquished enemy forces in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.

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Air Dominance = Low Casualty Chart
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POLITICS

Politics has and will continue to play a key role in military success or defeat. The mind-set, of the Charles Lindberg era, advocating America stay out of the war in Europe; not unlike the Jacques Gansler mind-set of recent, advocating the reduction or elimination of the F-22A program, will set the stage for America's military victories or defeats during the next thirty years. Only history will tell if the last of the 187 F-22 Raptors to be built, slated for final delivery around 2011, will be adequate in number to own any hostile air space for the next 30 years.

Check out this latest procurement article:

DOD defers F-22 funding decision to next administration

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TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE!

Where will the need for the F-22A come from in the decades ahead? Which of the many geopolitical flash points, throughout the world, ignite with little or no advance warning? No one can say for sure. But with the F-22A at the ready, potential hostilities can be averted, or, as in Desert Shield, fight their way into harm's way and own the sky, minimizing casualties. Not even an advanced version of today's F-15 will be able to overcome the anticipated capabilities of potential enemy land based defenses and their advanced air forces simultaneously in the years ahead.

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Many of the links provided pertain to related additional technical and political developments regarding the F-22A Raptor. These links, found throughout my site, will take you to various military, military contractor and government web sites.

The usability of any links can not be assured, and are provided "as is" for the benefit of visitors to my site, with the intention of providing assistance in learning of other sources of related information. These links are provided in good faith as to their suitability and any liabilities for criminal conduct in their usage will be the consequences of the user.

In the event any links are found not to be in working order, I would appreciate being notified by E-MAIL so that I could correct the problem.

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This site is not affiliated with any UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGENCY or the UNITED STATES MILITARY or any military contractor.

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O.K..., having stated my opinion on the need for full funding for all air wings of the F-22A RAPTOR without any more additional costly delays, it's your turn to have your say! Feel free to speak your mind in the comments section of SIGN GUESTBOOK-- your thoughts are appreciated as I hope you enjoy your visit and THANKS for taking the time to explore my site.

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