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AIR FORCE F-22 RAPTOR
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Mission
The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.
The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances and defeat threats attempting to deny access to our nation's Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

General characteristics

-Wingspan: 44 feet, 6 inches (13.6 meters)
-Lenght: 62 feet, 1 inch (18.9 meters)
-Height: 16 feet, 8 inches (5.1 meters)
-Weight: 43,340 pounds (19,700 kilograms)
-Thrust: 35,000-pound class (each engine)
-Autonomy / Fuel capacity: internal: 18,000 pounds (8,200 kilograms); with 2 external wing fuel tanks: 26,000 pounds (11,900 kilograms)
-Payload: same as armament air-to-air or air-to-ground loadouts; with or without two external wing fuel tanks
-Range: more than 1,850 miles ferry range with two external wing fuel tanks (1,600 nautical miles)
-Power plant: two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners and two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles
-Cruise speed: mach two class with supercruise capability
-Ceiling: above 50,000 feet (15 kilometers)

Source: www.acc.af.mil
Photos credits: u.s. air force, 2nd Lt. Samuel Eckholm

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