Hobby Master -172 Air Power
HA2819 Lockheed F-22 Raptor 05-4086, 95th FS, RAF Lakenheath, April, 2016

The USAF developed a requirement for a new air superiority fighter to replace the F-15 Eagle. Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF). The aircraft is constructed using 39% titanium, 24% composite material, 16% aluminum and 1% thermoplastic by weight. All these components contribute to the F-22 being a light weight, extremely maneuverable, extremely fast aircraft that uses stealth technology. The F-22 is also capable of ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence.

Lockheed F-22A 05-4086’s first assignment was with the 94th FS at Langley AFB, Virginia. In 2007 the aircraft was on short-term loan the 422nd TES (Test and Evaluation Squadron) at Nellis AFB before going to the 90th FS at Eielson AFB. Next 05-4086 moved to the 7th FS at Holloman AFB. In 2014 05-4086 transferred to the 95th FS “Boneheads” at Tyndale AFB who in April 2016 sent F-22s to RAF Lakenheath to train with other aircraft and display how quickly F-22s can be deployed world wide. The F-22s returned to the U.S. in May 2016. First flight - September 7, 1997

Planned Production - 750 aircraft initial program objective
Altered plan in 1990 - 648 aircraft
Altered plan in 1994 - 442 aircraft
In 1997 Department of Defense report – 339 aircraft
In 2006 the Pentagon wanted -183 aircraft
2008 approval for 4 additional aircraft bringing the total to 187
Number built as of August 2009 - 145 (187 planned)
Role - Air superiority fighter
Crew – (1) pilot
Engines – (2) Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 engines producing 35,000 lbst of thrust Speed - Mach 1.8 (super cruise: Mach 1.5) G Limit - +9 G Ceiling - 60,000 ft (18,290 m) The F-22 and other fighters can reach this altitude, but only the F-22 can perform tactical maneuvers at this level, which is about twice the altitude at which other jets can perform tactical maneuvers.
Length - 62.08 ft (18.90 m) Height -16.67 ft (5.08 m) Wingspan - 44.5 ft (13.56 m) Wing Area - 840 sq ft (78.04 sq m) Horizontal Tail-span - 29 ft (8.84 m)
Empty Weight - 31,670 lb (14,365 kg) Maximum Takeoff Weight - 60,000 lb (27,000 kg)
Internal (1) 20mm Cannon (4) AIM-9 Sidewinders (side weapon bays) (4) AIM-120A AMRAAM (internal ventral bay) (6) AIM-120Cs (internal ventral bay) (6) GBU-32 JDAM PGMs (internal ventral bay) (8) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (250lbs ea) External (4) under-wing hard-points with a maximum of 5,000lbs (2,270kg) of mission-specific weaponry or fuel drop-tanks.