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This Video Proves the F-22 Raptor Is Unstoppable

F-22 Raptor
F-22 Raptor. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force.

The F-22 Demonstration Team is Flying High – A popular saying about aviators is that there are “old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots.” However, members of the United States Air Force’s Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team might be the first to tell you that their bold style of flying is what keeps them young at heart. Based at Langley Air Force Base (AFB), the team performs precision aerial maneuvers that are able to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.

Each year, the team regularly performs at air shows and other events around the United States and Canada. In addition to flying into the wild blue yonder, team members also visit local schools, hospitals, and community events. The team further regularly performs with the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation to showcase modern-day fighter jets flying in formation with World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War-era aircraft.

Flying High With the F-22 Raptor

The aerobatic display team has flown the F-22 since 2007, when the Air Force approved the aircraft for demonstration, replacing the Air Combat Command’s F-15C demonstration team, which had its final high-performance flight on May 1, 2009.

The F-22 team participated in its debut air show at Tyndall AFB in March 2007, and since then has performed in hundreds of demonstrations around the world. This past April, the fliers even performed in Santiago, Chile. The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team’s demonstrations include the crowd-pleasing power loop, split and tailslide, as well as high-speed passes —maneuvers that are based on those designed for combat operations but which are performed at much lower altitudes than most pilots are certified to fly.

The U.S. Air Force F-22 is widely regarded as the most dominant fighter in the world. As the premier air superiority combat aircraft, the F-22 Raptor is especially respected for its dogfighting ability and air-to-air maneuverability attributes which many contend separately it into a superior category compared with any other potential rival. In addition, the aircraft’s dual engines produce more thrust than any current fighter engine, while the sophisticated F-22 aero design, advanced flight controls, thrust vectoring, and high thrust-to-weight ratio provide the capability to outmaneuver all other current and projected aircraft.

The 14-member team is currently led by Major Joshua Gunderson, an experienced combat fighter pilot with more than 1,700 flying hours in the F-15C Eagle and F-22A Raptor.

For those who are unable to see the F-22 Demonstration Team in person, the group regularly shares highlights from the air shows on social media. This week, it offered images and videos from the recent 41st Geneseo Air Show at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, New York.

For the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the team posted a minute-long video to social media that highlighted a special “Dedication Pass,” the high-speed low arching pass that is performed in remembrance and to honor the fallen service members who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

Now a Senior Editor for 1945, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes.

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Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com. Suciu is also a contributing writer for Forbes Magazine.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. tired

    June 10, 2022 at 9:17 am

    If only the USAF hadn’t ignorantly dismantled all of our F22 production capabilities in favor of the less capable and incredibly more expensive F35, we could build more of them. Every time one of those things fall out of the sky, we can never replace them sadly.

  2. Randy

    June 10, 2022 at 9:20 am

    When you hype a video in your title, you might actually want to include it in the article.
    As it is, with no video, your article is just clickbait and makes me distrust anything else you say.

    • David Jones

      June 10, 2022 at 9:57 am

      Must be something wrong with your browser. There’s a video in my version. However, the video is underwhelming.

  3. Shane

    June 10, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Saw Captain Pete Mitchell do more in an F18. WTF

  4. Baja

    June 10, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    With the decreasing testosterone in our front line fighting force, a high speed taxi will soon be the featured maneuver. Our adversaries love our obsession with DEI.

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