Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Called A Raptor For A Reason

When I hear the word "raptor" my first thought is of those menacing, sneaky little velociraptors from Jurassic Park.  Remember those guys?  Fast and mean.  Did you also know that the name "velociraptor" means "swift seizer?"

It doesn't surprise me that the F-22 Raptor has those certain qualities - mean, swift, menacing.  The United States Air Force summed it up pretty well on their official website, "The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft."  It's engine produces more thrust than any other current fighter engine out there.  It can cruise at supersonic air speeds, which happens to be anything above 1.5 mach.  It can fly above 50,000 feet.  (And in case you were wondering, it only costs a mere $143 million.)

Hobby Master - HA2806 - 1/72 scale
F-22 Raptor - 199th TFS "The Kukaiumoku," 154th Wing, 
Hawaii ANG/PACAF, Hickam Air Force Base

If the facts don't impress you, check out this video I've posted below.  I can get lost in the terminology and technicality of things, but a video I can understand.  It's pretty amazing.

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