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Raptor … or Turkey? (Final Part)

“If the United States is to maintain air dominance, it needs the [Lockheed Martin] F-22 [Raptor],” 1st Fighter Wing Captain Elizabeth Kreft said point-blank at…


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Raptor … or Turkey? (Part Four)

The vaunted Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor is less a nimble, sharp-eyed bird of prey than a sluggish, half-blind buzzard, according to noted fighter designer Pierre…


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Raptor … or Turkey? (Part Three)

At Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 27th Fighter Squadron pilot Captain Phil Colomy opened his presentation on the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor with a video…


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Raptor … or Turkey? (Part Two)

In a fight against other airplanes, the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor’s stealth capabilities are useless, claims noted fighter designer Pierre Sprey, since the Raptor must…


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Raptor … or Turkey? (Part One)

There ain’t a lot of love for the ol’ F-22A Raptor outside of Air Force and Lockheed Martin circles these days. Critics, especially author James…


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Axe Visits Langley

Today I’m off to Langley Air Force Base, home of the $300-million F-22 Raptors of the 1st Fighter Wing. Is the Raptor the greatest fighter…


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Army’s Out-of-Control “Future”

As gut-wrenching as today’s Times story on runaway Pentagon spending is, the article doesn’t touch on what’s quickly becoming the biggest defense contracting boondoggle of…


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B-52s Axed for More Raptors

Air Force chiefs want their new stealth fighters, bad — so bad, they’re willing to scrap some of their best-performing planes early, in order to…


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Raptor on the attack

Supersonic Raptor Drops First Guided Bomb on Military.com: Since July, Raptor program have flown seven JDAM supersonic separation test missions under a variety of conditions….



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F/A/R/C/E-22 Raptor…cleans windows too!

A friend gave me the idea for the Fighter/Attack/Recon/Cargo/Electronic warfare version of the F-22 Raptor not long after the added the ‘A’ designation. Now they’re…


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RAPTOR READY FOR WAR — MAYBE

The controversial F/A-22 “Raptor” stealth fighter “is months away from being declared war-ready, but the Pentagon is still trying to decide where it fits in…


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RAPTOR’S RUSSIAN BOOGEYMAN

Air Force chief of staff Gen. John Jumper has been working overtime, ever since the F/A-22 “Raptor” stealth fighter program got slashed by the Pentagon…


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RAPTOR’S SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE

The Air Force’s next-generation stealth fighter, the F/A-22, is in big trouble. So the service is looking to the Super Bowl to save the jet….


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RAPTOR BACK IN ACTION

This has absolutely nothing to do with the $10 billion fight over the stealth fighter’s future, of course. But the AP is reporting that the…


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RAPTOR DOWN

Things just went from bad to wose for the controversial F/A-22 jet. One of the stealth fighters has crashed in the Nevada desert, says the…