Thursday, April 16, 2009

Defense Tech: Secretary Gates and the F-22 Raptor

Defense Tech: Secretary Gates and the F-22 Raptor

I was outside smoking a cigarette when an F-22 and an F-16 flew overhead and began maneuvering. I've never seen anything like it, in video or video games. My jaw dropped and several times I thought the F-22 would fall out of the sky. They were both low and at one point I thought the F-22 was going to flatspin and crash on HWY 58. I'm assuming it was the thrust vectoring nozzles, but that kind of Immelman was possible on the old powerhouse rotaries and the modern Immelman looks nothing like the 180 degree mid-air turn this thing did.

I worried the entire time because we just lost an F-22 out here and a seasoned experienced test pilot. But my jaw was on the ground the entire time.

I have a new respect for the F-22, doing moves I can't do in videogame unreality.


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