U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor
Last appearing in 2016, the Raptor will make an appearance in Dayton. Its incredible maneuverability, aided by its computerized controls and powerful, thrust-vectoring jet engines make the Raptor a must see attraction at this year’s event. The Raptor was the first American fighter jet to fly at supercruise- flying at supersonic speeds without using the afterburner. The F-22 can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner. The F-22 will be flown by Major Paul “Loco” Lopez. Be sure to attend this year’s show to witness all this incredible aircraft has to showcase!
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Raptor has been operational since 2005!
- The F-22 engines produce more thrust than any other current fighter jet!
- The F-22 completed its first flight on September 7, 1997!
- The first completed combat mission was on September 22, 2014 in Syria!
- The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team is based at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia!
- The demonstration is a “Homecoming” for Dayton. Research and development of the F-22 was done right here at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Wright-Patt continues to be responsible for overseeing production and sustainment of the Raptor.
F-22A Raptor FAST FACTS:
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines
Thrust: 35,000 pounds per engine
Wingspan: 44 feet, 6 inches
Length: 62 feet, 1 inch
Height: 16 feet, 8 inches
Speed: Mach 2
Range: 1,850 miles with two external fuel tanks
Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 83,500 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 18,000 pounds internally
Unit Cost: $143 million