Sometimes you have to see it in action to believe it. At 1945, we love writing about combat airplanes, but sometimes our text and still-photos do not do an aircraft complete justice. That’s why we’d like to show you an F-22 Raptor in super slow-motion video to see just how versatile and even how beautiful this airplane looks like in flight.
How Did They Do It?
But first, let’s share some background about this video for some added context.
The flight was filmed in 2020 over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. The pilot is Major Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson.
The camera used was the Hollywood-cinema quality Phantom Flex4K camera. The Phantom Flex4K makes highly detailed 4K imaging at 1,000 fps. The high-speed 1,000 frames per second allows film professionals to create a super slow-motion effect during playback.
The “Phantom of the Raptor”
So, what they did was to load the Phantom Flex4K onto a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The helicopter hovered at 3,000 feet while the F-22 did all kinds of trick flying – sometimes while inverted. It did barrel rolls and other maneuvers.
Meanwhile, a cinematographer named Dustin Farrell shot the action, so you can’t do this at home. He named the film “Phantom of the Raptor,” after his favorite camera.
Take a look at this cinematic mastery of the F-22 in flight above.
Now, the intelligence analyst in me is a little worried. This video is public access so it means the Russian and Chinese militaries can watch this too and study the F-22’s aerodynamics and maneuvers. Maybe the pilot gave away a little too much of Air Force combat flight tactics and techniques. It’s not clear if the Department of Defense has given this film its seal of approval. But the video is inspiring and would encourage more than one aspiring pilot to join the Air Force in the hopes of becoming an F-22 aviator someday.
1945’s new Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.