Raptors Resume Test Flights


The F-22 was approved initially to give the Air Force a next-generation stealthy aircraft to evade ever improving enemy air defenses. But a funny thing happened: Our enemies’ air defenses stopped improving.

Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan, 2006

Good news for the folks back in Marietta, the F-22 has resumed operational test flights after a four-month grounding following several major malfunctions of the next-generation avionics.  It seemed a little prophetic that the demonstration at this year’s Sun N Fun was cut short because of a master caution stemming from the avionics.  It’s been a rocky road for the program, with sweeping defense cuts brought on by the Obama Administration being the final nail in the coffin for the world’s only 5th-generation fighter jet.

Personally, I’m divided on the issue–I appreciate the Raptor for everything it’s capable of, but I agree that it’s a bit of a beast and almost unnecessary when F-15 Eagles and F/A-18 Super Hornets can get the job done en masse.  However, if (when?) WWIII finally breaks out, and dogfighting once again becomes a necessary form of warfare, it’ll be nice to have a fleet of stealth fighters that can out-turn and out-fire the enemy.  That, and they just look so cool doing it.

Read the full story here (via Planenews)

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Posted on October 3, 2011, in Aviation, Business, Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. http://armando342.livejournal.com/ Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time 🙂

    • You’re welcome, though I don’t know how this post saved any time–unless you were looking for confirmation that the Raptor was flying again….

  2. Hi Atari its been awesome reading your web site and simply thought I would say thanks and wish you all the best.

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