(Photos by Jeff and Mike Burghardt) – There are few things more impressive in the world than military aircraft. From the humblest beginnings one could imagine over 100 years ago to the simply incredible machinery of today they are all fascinating for one reason or another. Many planes are enthralling because of their capabilities and some are actually interesting because of their lack thereof. Like race cars, airplanes have evolved in a linear and rapid fashion to perform the duties that are placed upon them. From the massive lumbering bombers to the fighter jets that pit pilots against other pilots, they are all cool to us because they make huge power and attain huge speeds.
Mike and Jeff Burghardt attended the Chino Air Show back in the spring. Here’s their thoughts and their photos!
Here’s what Jeff and Mike had to say:
Jeff also took a video of the F-22 Raptor flight maneuvers, showcasing many of it’ unique capabilities. Tis aircraft can almost stand still while in light, giving the “optical illusion” that it is “hovering”. It is actually traveling laterally at about 90 mph, with it’s nose up. then it abruptly “kicks in” the after burners and launches straight up, before performing a tumbling 180 degree roll, and finally completing a complete reversal in direction of lateral travel. this is all done in a remarkably short travel distance. Much of this is hard to notice in the video, as he only background is the shy. The thrust out of the engines can be directed, slightly. One word describes what this plane can do … “WOW”. Glad it is on our side. It is the only modern fighter aircraft that cannot be sold to any foreign country (ally or not) by Congressional ruling.
The last one was delivered n 2012 and production has stopped due to “cut-backs” and the fact that no other country has any aircraft operational that would require this plane to defend against it. This plane was developed during the “Cold War”. The “newer” F-35 has many of the same stealth capabilities, but not as fast and is designed more as a multi-mission task aircraft. It also is equipped with only one engine, though the Navy is pushing for a dual engine variant. The Marine F-35 version will feature vertical take -off and super sonic capabilities , to replace the Harrier in current use.
Once the “bugs” are out the USAF, Navy and Marines will all utilize different variants of the F-35. The costs are expected to lower, because all the parts are interchangeable between the variants. The Raptor, on the other hand, is “one of a kind”. Besides, our “liberals in government” would rather “waste our valuable tax dollars” in hundreds of other things besides our nations defense.
Imagine a jet dragster with a pair of engines off a Raptor installed. That would be one hell of quarter mile pass!