Thursday, March 26, 2009

The radar-evading F-22 costing $140 million designed for air dominance fails to evade the ground - crashes

The F22 is capable of ground attack as well. One way to attack the ground is to fly the plane nose first into it. Most other airplanes are capable of this manoeuvre too. The added bonus of this tactic is that upon successful collission with Mother Earth, radar-evasion is virtually guaranteed [and permanent]. All for just $140 million.
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US F-22 fighter jet crashes in California

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – One of the Air Force's top-of-the-line F-22 fighter jets crashed Wednesday in the high desert of Southern California. There was no immediate word on whether the pilot ejected.

The F-22 Raptor crashed 35 miles northeast of Edwards Air Force Base, Pentagon spokesman Gary Strassburg said. He had no information about the area where the jet crashed.

The radar-evading F-22s each cost $140 million and are designed for air dominance. The warplanes can carry air-to-air missiles but are capable of ground attack as well.

Lockheed is trying to convince the Pentagon to buy as many as 20 more F-22s. The military is expected to signal its intentions when the 2010 Defense Department budget is released next month.

The F-22 is able to fly at supersonic speeds without using afterburners. That allows it to reach and stay in a battlespace faster and longer without being easily detected.

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