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.
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.
There are almost 10,000 bird species flying the skies, roaming the lands, and diving the waters of our planet. Some of them are pretty similar to one another, perhaps because the two species diverged only relatively recently. But some of them are so unique you won't believe they're not made up.
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…
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…
Instead of incorporating a useless pair of tiny scissors into a multi-tool, Leatherman has used a pair of industrial-looking snips as the base for its new Raptor tool.
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.
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:
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.
A Gizmodo reader posted this image in the comments, taken from his workplace inside an USAF air tanker. Yes, it's an F-22 Raptor refueling—so close that he could probably play rock-paper-scissors with the pilot. Here's another of a B-1:
Eton's Raptor doesn't know if it's a radio, a weather-gauge or a bottle opener. An inbuilt solar-panel charges the li-Ion battery, powers the AM/FM/digital tuner, and also juices-up your phone through the miniUSB port.
An F-22 Raptor crashed in Alaska on November 16. The search an rescue crews think they found the wreckage yesterday, but there's no sign of the pilot. According to the USAF's Colonel Jack McMullen, he may have a chance at survival:
The quick lens of U.S. Navy sonar technician Ronald Dejarnett was able to capture this Air Force F-22 going supersonic over the Gulf of Alaska as the pilot did his best Top Gun flyby impression. [U.S. Navy]