The Only Thing Keeping the F-35 Lightning Relevant Is the F-22 Raptor

Even if they are primarily just cheap knockoffs, China's rapidly growing fleet of next-gen aircraft are poised to seriously challenge American air superiority in the coming years. To prevent that, argues Chief of U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command Gen. Michael Hostage, we'll need plenty of fifth-generation fighters of… » 2/04/14 6:40pm 2/04/14 6:40pm

Newly captured photo shows Russia's new badass shark stealth fighter

A new photo captured by Artyom Anikeev shows Russia's new Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter—the F-22 Raptor's nemesis. According to The Aviationist, its new camouflage—inspired by a typical white tip Red Sea's shark—will make it look "as a rhomboidal shaped aircraft, smaller than the actual airplane" from a distance. » 12/02/13 12:46am 12/02/13 12:46am

The Navy's Next Gen Fighter Jets Will Heal Themselves

The F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor fifth generation fighters are among the most technologically advanced aircraft in history but the fact that they're barely out of testing (more than can be said about their Russian and Chinese counterparts) doesn't mean the US military isn't already designing an even better sixth… » 4/09/13 11:30am 4/09/13 11:30am

Why Are F-22 Raptors Patrolling Las Vegas?

The skies above Las Vegas, Nevada have been packed with military aircraft over the last week. It's not another reboot of Red Dawn, mind you, but rather the second round of the Red Flag war games held at Nellis Air Force Base. Check out these sweet shots of the F-22 Raptor—America's first stealth fighter—staying sharp… » 3/08/13 9:00pm 3/08/13 9:00pm

Meet the F-22 That Thinks It's a Rocket

The F-22 has had more than its fair share of problems, but when it isn't crashing or suffocating its pilots it's a sight to behold. Here's some footage of one at today's Melborne Air Show going for a vertical climb that makes it look like it had wanted to be a rocket when it grew up. The guy inside that cockpit… » 3/03/13 9:15am 3/03/13 9:15am

Here's $420 Million of Your Tax Dollars Crashed and Burned

Over the weekend, a gigantically-expensive F-22 stealth fighter crashed. Again. And just like every other time, the Air Force is throwing up its hands and stroking its chin about why the thing crashed. But one fact remains: your money's burned. » 11/20/12 10:40am 11/20/12 10:40am

China Has a Transformers Jet Fighter Now?

Looking at this photo of the Chengdu J-20—China's fifth generation stealth fighter—it seems that the Chinese are not only copying the F-22 raptor, but Michael Bay too. There are no details about this photo, except that every surface seems to be moving in very strange ways. » 8/17/12 2:20pm 8/17/12 2:20pm

Toxic Glue Causes Mysterious F-22 Pilot Syndrome, Says Expert

There is still no official explanation for the ongoing hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by F-22 Raptor pilots. The USAF investigation concluded that they have no clue. Now, someone else claims to know the source of the problem, which has grounded the fleet repeatedly. » 6/21/12 5:20pm 6/21/12 5:20pm

F-22 Pilots Don't Want to Fly the F-22

Not exactly a grand gesture of confidence: some of the US Air Force's airmen, the world's most elite, want nothing to do with the Air Force's "elite" new fighter. Why? Because the only people it's threatening are its own pilots. » 5/01/12 10:04am 5/01/12 10:04am

F-22 Failure Investigation Results: 'We Have No Clue'

After spending seven months in costly research, the Air Force scientific board investigating the F-22 life support system failure has turned in their conclusions. The findings: they have no idea about what's going on. The USAF's press release reads like a joke to American taxpayers. » 3/30/12 6:21pm 3/30/12 6:21pm

Air Force Blames Pilot in Suspicious Stealth-Jet Crash

When an F-22 Raptor malfunctioned in mid-flight, leading to a crash that killed its pilot, the Air Force went into damage-control mode. Gen. Norton Schwartz, the chief of staff, insisted there was no way that the oxygen generator on his prized stealth jet - a system widely suspected of being dangerously flawed - caused … » 12/16/11 1:00pm 12/16/11 1:00pm