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F-22 Raptor Does A Loop On Its Axis Performing The Elusive Falling Leaf

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Talk About Stability. It's no secret the F-22 Raptor is one of the most maneuverable, if not THE most maneuverable fighter aircraft in the world. A strong case could be made that fourth generation Sukhoi and MiG aircraft also have thrust vectoring and could do the same, but there's really no way of telling which is better. One thing's for sure though. The Raptor looks great when it does it. Link direct to video https://youtu.be/P8zPh8kAcAU (frontlinevideos.com) More...

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devsfan
ken young 3
I place on the politicians that got this project scuttled in favor of the F-35, which is a less than stellar aircraft.....My sneaking suspicion is a lot of palms were greased on that deal
dwiggins01
Scott Wiggins -5
Too much of a threat to our enemies so the Kenyan cancelled it. That and Gates being Gates.
bennettgaryw
Gary Bennett 2
We can question this type of performance and the need to be able to do it but there is not one pilot in this group who would not love to be at the controls!
jordanabrown
Alan Brown 1
Interesting flying.... Fun way to learn how the plane responds under full stall conditions, I guess.
PegLegJim
Jim Welch 1
Proof positive that some guys & gals STILL get to play in the sand box (lol)!!!!!
bbabis
bbabis 1
Fascinating and amazing but I have to ask, why? Doing those maneuvers in combat would just make it easy missile bait.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 1
Tight maneuvering in within about a square mile...Really no way of getting a lock on it in dog fight once the pilots get used to them..By the time the opposing pilot realized what was going on the F22 would either be long gone or behind him/her.
jlyount
John Yount 1
When will the military get to start using this "tool" on the bad guy?
jamesrae1950
jamesrae1950 1
Let's see an F-35 do this!
mmarcovitch
Apparently, you don't see the Raptor either. It's radar cross section is almost half of the F-35's and it's long range radar is much longer range. Most enemies killed in exercises don't even see it. They're thinking about making more of them. I second that. Just finished a model of the Raptor with my grandson. Touching that plane close up you realize just how magnificent its design really is. We build some spectacular airplanes!
newcombpat
Believe the whole idea of the F-35 is that you will never "see" it doing anything. ;-)
May not give good airshow, or make a pretty Thunderbird, but it should do its job without the bad guys even knowing it's there.
PSUAth
it could do the first part. the second part...well easier to recycle?

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