Well hello there, retired yet beautiful F-117. I do love your name, Nighthawk.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an impressive aircraft: a fifth generation multirole fighter plane with stealth technology. It’s also a symbol of everything that’s wrong with defense spending in America.
The F-35 is designed to be the core tactical fighter aircraft for the U.S. military, with three versions for the Air Force, Navy, and the Marine Corps. Each plane clocks in at around $90 million.
So, how many F-35s do we need?
Washington intends to buy 2,443, at a price tag of $382 billion.
Read the rest at The Atlantic
commenter pmbuko tells us, “This phenomenon has nothing to do with pulling Gs, but with the (temporarily) decreased air pressure in the vortices beyond the trailing edge of the wings as they move through the air. It just happens over a larger area on the F-22 than typically seen with most aircraft because the vector thrust capability can direct a larger surface area into the oncoming air.”
and my favorite banter:
izlandi: “It actually runs on rainbows.”
mxlytn: “imagine how fast it would go with a double rainbow…”
volandil: “Warp 2 for rainbows is forbidden by intergalactical law and you know it!”
It’s like making prisms out of thin air!
090622-N-7780S-014 GULF OF ALASKA (June 22, 2009) An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennisvia klaatu
Maps out all of the existing (and lost/destroyed) SR-71 Blackbirds (Air Force spy planes)!
(I have seen 5 of these in person, so-far)
I’m feeling a few road-trips in my future…
my very favorite airplane