All Systems Go for F/A-22
Set to enter service in 2005, the Air Force’s next-gen fighter is coming in fast…Mach 1.5, to be exact.
The one good thing about freedom-haters is that they give the U.S. military an excuse to develop and procure lots of cool stuff. Enter the F/A-22 Raptor, powered by two of Pratt & Whitney’s shiny new F119s, the most powerful fighter engines in production. Using technology we don’t really understand, each engine pumps out 35,000 pounds of spine-twisting thrust and features “supercruise,” the ability to leisurely fly faster than the speed of sound without using fuel-sucking afterburners. And the F119 sports a thrust-vectoring nozzle, giving Raptors maneuverability that would make Maverick soil his ’wears.