Incredibly Skilled F22 Pilot Makes A Touchdown With Only Two Wheels

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The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a stealth fighter developed by the United States in the late 1980s to replace the F-15 US Air Force. Originally designed for aerial combat, it is also capable of providing military support missions floors, electronic attack or intelligence of electromagnetic origin.

Lockheed Martin is responsible for most of the aircraft, the weapon system as well as final assembly. Boeing's defense division has in turn provided the wings and rear fuselage and is responsible for the integration of avionics.

The plane was randomly designated by "F-22" and "F / A-22" the years before its commissioning in the USAF in December 2005, before formally endorse the name "F-22A" ; it is still often referred to by its nickname, the F-22 Raptor. The United States considers the F-22 as a strategic element in the maintenance of air power in the US Air Force, saying also that is unmatched by any other existing fighter aircraft or development.

In April 2009, the Department of Defense of the United States proposes to end with the approval of Congress, its orders, bringing the number of F-22 purchased 187 exemplars, while the Senate and the House adopt in July 2009, a budget bill ceasing all funding to its production.

In the early 1980s, the Reagan administration began work on the program ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) to replace the F-15 and F-16. A first consultation from different manufacturers took place in June 1981 and specifications of the new aircraft were set in late 1982: ability supercruise (supersonic speed without using the afterburner), Combat Action radius greater than 1000 km, landings takeoffs and 600 meters, take-off weight mission air-air less than 27 tonnes. After taking into account the latest advances in stealth technologies, the project was subject to manufacturers in September 1983 while, in parallel, Pratt & Whitney and General Electric were responsible for proposing an engine for the new aircraft.

In late 1984, the specifications had become more precise: the supercruise speed would reach Mach 1.5 while the take-off weight was lowered to 22 tons. The unit cost was he set at US $ 40 million (1985). The final RFP was issued in September 1985 to a forecast of 750 copies. Seven different manufacturers responded and in October 1986, the Pentagon announced that two projects were selected: the Lockheed (who had meanwhile associated with General Dynamics and Boeing) and the Northrop (meanwhile associated with McDonnell Douglas).

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