Thursday, January 26, 2012

F-22 Raptor scary to be on the other end

Have any of you played Empire Earth? If you have you can totally tell that we have entered the nano age in human history. The F-22 is one of the baddest planes out there. Just look at the beautiful curves it has. The agility of the plane is no joke either.

I am in the military and have seen this plane at Nellis Airforce base as it zipped around. As the plane turns you literally hear a zipping type sound. I know if I was on a battle field and heard that sound along with some Marine MRAPS and Cobras coming my way I would S***.

A lot of people talk about the stealth design and how beautiful the plane looks.  One thing that seems to be overseen by the general public are the engines. The Pratt&Whitney engines have a system called vector thrust. Vector thrust is gives the ability for engines to thrust its power in a different direction giving the plane huge advantage in changing direction.

I am sue the F-22 will be taking name in the near future. It will be interesting to see how it works in a combat zone. Below are stats of this marvelous plane.
  • Designers: Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, and General Dynamics
  • Wingspan: 44'6
  • Length: 62'1
  • Height: 16'5
  • Powerplant: 2 Pratt&Whitney F119-P-100, each rated at 35,000 lb st (155.69 kN) with afterburning
  • Weight: (empty) more than 30,000 lbs; max. takeoff, 58,000 lbs.
  • Speed: Mach 1.58 without afterburner
  • Mach 2.3 with afterburners.
  • Performance: service ceiling 50,000 ft.