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Lockheed F-22 'Raptors' to Fly Dazzling Aerial Displays During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007

 

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (March 8, 2007) — The Lockheed F-22 "Raptor," one of the world's most advanced military jets, will be center-stage during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," at Oshkosh, Wis. The 55th annual edition of the EAA fly-in convention will be held July 23-29.

Two of the airplanes will arrive at Wittman Regional Airport with an aerial performance on July 26 and at least one aircraft will fly an aerial demonstration each afternoon on Friday through Sunday, July 27-29. At other times, the F-22s will be parked on the AeroShell Square showcase ramp for public display.

"Last year, EAA AirVenture attendees got just a brief glimpse of the F-22's capabilities during a short visit to Oshkosh," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "That limited aerial display was one of the most memorable events of the 2006 fly-in, however, and led to many member requests to bring the Raptors back for an extended stay. We're very pleased to welcome them back for four days, especially as it coincides with EAA's commemoration of the U.S. Air Force's 60th anniversary in 2007."

Many of the aerial maneuvers that will be displayed during the F-22's appearance at EAA AirVenture are new, and were discovered and refined during flight tests and simulated aerial combat. They have unique names such as the "Mongo Flip," "J-turn," and "Pedal Turn," which showcase the unprecedented agility of the aircraft. Extreme slow-speed passes and maneuvers such as "The Cobra" are also part of the demonstrations.

The cutting-edge abilities of the F-22 are possible through a combination of high power, vectored thrust and integrated avionics. The airplane's stealth technology also allows it to elude detection and be more effective as a weapon. In training exercises, the F-22 proved to extremely successful, compiling impressive victory totals against traditional front-line jet fighters.

The F-22's attributes also allow it to perform air show maneuvers not seen from any previous U.S. military aircraft. Its afterburners allow it to climb vertically as soon as its wheels leave the ground, while the Raptor's control surfaces allow it to maneuver at speeds as low as 80 miles and hour although its top speed is Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound, or more than 1,400 mph).

Despite the notable technological advancements, the Air Force reports that The F-22A will have better reliability and maintainability than any fighter aircraft in history. An F-22A squadron will require less than half as much airlift as an F-15 squadron to deploy, and the increased reliability and maintainability will require less manpower to fix the aircraft and the ability to operate more efficiently. More than 80 F-22A models have been delivered, with the first overseas deployment to Japan earlier this year.

Aircraft specifications include:

  • Builder: Lockheed-Martin, Boeing
  • Power Plant: Two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners and two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles.
  • Thrust (each engine): 35,000-pound class.
  • Length: 62 feet, 1 inch (18.9 meters).
  • Height: 16 feet, 8 inches (5.1 meters).
  • Wingspan: 44 feet, 6 inches (13.6 meters).
  • Speed: Mach 2 class.
  • Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet (approximately 15 kilometers).
  • Empty Weight: 40,000-pound class (approximately 18,000 kilograms).
  • Armament: One M61A2 20-millimeter cannon with 480 rounds; side weapon bays can carry two AIM-9 infrared (heat seeking) air-to-air missiles and main weapon bays can carry (air-to-air loadout) six AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles or (air-to-ground loadout) two 1,000-pound GBU-32 JDAMs and two AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles.
  • Crew: One

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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