Cool photos of F-22s and F-35s flying together for the first time

Behold the F-22 Raptor (top two) and F-35 Lightning II (bottom two) flying together for the first time in history. Arguably the two most technologically advanced military jets in the world, the Lt. Col. Matt Renbarger—commander of the 58th Fighter Squadron—says they mix together like peanut butter and jelly: » 11/19/14 6:40pm 11/19/14 6:40pm

Cool photos of the F-22 refueling at night on its way to Syria

Amazing night shots by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf: An F-22 Raptor refuels over the Arabian Peninsula en route to Syria, armed and ready to attack ISIS targets. Look at the pilot inside, with his night vision helmet. It's so cool it doesn't even seem real. » 9/29/14 7:51pm 9/29/14 7:51pm

The F-22 Is Finally Seeing Action After Seven Years

A mere seven years (less than two presidential terms) after it was declared fit for combat operations—and then repeatedly grounded for operational issues—the F-22 Raptor has finally had its first taste of war in the skies over what used to be Syria but is now ISIS territory. » 9/23/14 3:01pm 9/23/14 3:01pm

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

As If It Wasn't Broken Enough, A F-22 Raptor Crashed in Florida Today

The mysteriously inept and failure of a fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, has another failed notch to mark down in its resume of grounded awfulness: an F-22 Raptor crashed today in Florida, a quarter mile ease of the runway. Luckily, the pilot managed to eject from the aircraft safely. » 11/15/12 10:00pm 11/15/12 10:00pm

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

These Kids Want To Blow Up the White House

Hordes of children ran around as wild as a locust swarm at the recent USA Science & Engineering Festival. The main attraction: the Lockheed Martin booth, with its faux F-22 cockpit and Orion spacecraft simulator. There, the virtual big guns provoked a surprising mix of reactions from the 7-year-olds. Some apathy.… » 7/10/12 12:00pm 7/10/12 12:00pm

Whoa, Huh, the F-22 Is Still Broken (!) (?)

I'm hoping you're all planted deep in your seats with an oxygen mask strapped on, because the New York Times is reporting that the Air Force still can't fix the F-22, the most expensive fighter in history. » 7/05/12 6:20pm 7/05/12 6:20pm

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

Is China Stealing America's Top Stealth Fighter Jet Secrets?

This is going to make some people scream. On the right, the J-20 stealth fighter jet, made in China for the People's Liberation Army Air Force. On the left, the F-22 stealth fighter jet, made in the America exclusively for the United States Air Force. » 6/03/12 10:48am 6/03/12 10:48am

F-22 Ground Crews Are Also Having Mysterious Breathing Problems

We knew the F-22 has a mysterious problem that causes breathing problems in pilots. Well, the plot is now thickening. It seems that ground crews are having hypoxia-like symptoms too and, of course, we don't have a clue about what's causing this: » 5/09/12 12:30pm 5/09/12 12:30pm

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

The F-16 Gets Upgraded To Play Nice With Modern Fighters

It's obvious the Air Force's new F-35 needs all the help it can get. So Lockheed Martin has just unveiled an updated version of its F-16, the F-16V, which will make the proven fighter better interoperate with the F-35 and F-22. » 2/16/12 9:24am 2/16/12 9:24am