With so many reworks happening I looked to ensure if Infinite Flight’s and the USAF’s air superiority fighter had been requested to be reworked. So here we are, while the basic role out of the FA-22 “Raptor” in this sim was awesome, I think many would agree it needs some variety of fresh liveries/schemes and just a little TLC to the aircraft as well such as options for external tanks. While this airframe is not in use internationally with other airforces, it is employed by a multitude of active duty and reserve/guard USAF squadron inventories to include Hickam AFB (ANG), Elmendorf AFB (AD).
Below is the official United States Air Force fact sheet for the FA-22.
Primary function: air dominance, multi-role fighter
Contractor: Lockheed-Martin, Boeing
Power plant: two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners and two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles.
Thrust: 35,000-pound class (each engine)
Wingspan: 44 feet, 6 inches (13.6 meters)
Length: 62 feet, 1 inch (18.9 meters)
Height: 16 feet, 8 inches (5.1 meters)
Weight: 43,340 pounds (19,700 kilograms)
Maximum takeoff weight: 83,500 pounds (38,000 kilograms)
Fuel capacity: internal: 18,000 pounds (8,200 kilograms); with 2 external wing fuel tanks: 26,000 pounds (11,900 kilograms)
Payload: same as armament air-to-air or air-to-ground loadouts; with or without two external wing fuel tanks.
Speed: mach two class with supercruise capability
Range: more than 1,850 miles ferry range with two external wing fuel tanks (1,600 nautical miles)
Ceiling: above 50,000 feet (15 kilometers)
Armament: one M61A2 20-millimeter cannon with 480 rounds, internal side weapon bays carriage of two AIM-9 infrared (heat seeking) air-to-air missiles and internal main weapon bays carriage of six AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles (air-to-air loadout) or two 1,000-pound GBU-32 JDAMs and two AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles (air-to-ground loadout)
Unit cost: $143 million
Initial operating capability: December 2005
Inventory: total force, 183
Please let’s get some votes to revive this amazing and phenomenal modern marvel of military aviation. Thank you for your consideration. Cheers IFC!
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