The simplicity of the design of the F-22 makes it more complex than any aircraft to date, the vapor on the wings, the afterburners firing on, all just marvelous. I have never seen one of these amazing works of engineering myself, but I hope to in the future. You can see the stresses this glorious aircraft has been through, the charred ends of the engines, the slight warping on the wings, where the metal plates are fitted together, even the reflection of the horizon on the canopy. Great photo, you have left me nothing but awestruck with your camera work. Good show my friend.
That would be because they based the character on this aircraft I believe. Not that I know for sure as I've never seen the movie or the character, but I have heard of it and I believe that is the case.
It was indeed quite difficult, this wasn't shot from right to left like most passes at airshows. Because this was during rehearsal displays, I was not in the show ground. I was directly underneath the path in which the aircraft takes to position itself in front of the crowd. So this shot as the aircraft came from behind me and almost over my head.
Actually this is a shot of him pretty much taking the aircraft right over the top of us in the crowd with quite a bit of burner. So I still had about 250mm of lens to spare at this focal length. The other topside shot of the raptor I posted was further away when I shot it tahn this. I can still hear ringing in my ears from that pass
To be fair this was taken in the Park and View area on the Friday before the show during it's validation/practice display. As they are not from the UK and do not have a display authorisation here in the UK. They are required to do a display before the show days to show that they can keep within the UK display rules. The Park and View is at the threshhold of the runway and technically not part of the shows crowdline so he wouldn't have crossed any crowd during the show. Just lucky enough to be there when it happened on the Friday. Believe me you have one or two things that us in the UK are jealous of too. You have much more relaxed rules over there reguarding what can, and can't be flown. The fact that you have afterburning jets such as the Phantom on the civilian register makes me jealous alone. That would never happen over here. Such a shame because I am sure if it were to be allowed we would have flying Lightnings/Jaguars etc. But sadly not The grass is always greener and all that
I don't recall the proper term for it at this hour of the morning, but, the leading edge of the wing can change its geometry, almost like a control surface. You can see that the gap continues all the way to the wing tips.
It is similar to a slat, but as I recall it has more capability than a standard slat. It doesn't have a gap between the wing and the 'slat' It actually gives the wing more chamber. This description is not exactly right but the best I can do. lol
I'm not certain that it fits the definition of a slat as I understand it. A slat is used primarily for landing to increase lift of the airfoil. The movable surface on the leading edge of the F-22 wing appears to operate in all phases of flight. [link] is a great shot of this surface in use.
No, it doesn't fit either of those those either. STAB is short for stabilizer, which is a stationary surface on an aircraft. A Canard is a horizontal stabilizer and/or elevators of an aircraft which are mounted in front of the main wing on the fuselage.
I'm still doing some research to see what these surfaces on the F-22 are called, at the moment, I'm still going with Slats, but I'm not certain yet.
You're welcome for the replies. I've been a pilot since I was 15, so I don't mind talking about airplanes at all.
Judging by the photos, it does seem to be more of a control surface, yes. I would say that it appears to move when the aircraft rolls, making it similar to an aileron. I will try to do some further research and see if I can nail down the correct answer for sure.
Lovely shot. That would make a very nice wallpaper. I can tell from cloud tones in the shot that the weather may not have been the best, but I still give this a thumbs up. You're very lucky to get to see these aircraft.
Thanks I'm very glad you like it, and yes we are very lucky that the Raptor Demo Team have chosen to fly over here to the UK so we can see it. Especially as there is a big show at Dayton this weekend too. They came over in 2008 too but the show got cancelled due to a horrific storm that made it too dangerous to go ahead with the show with both the show ground and carparks pretty much just mud. So except for a few spotters that were present during the paractices and validation displays hardly anyone got to see it. This year although there have been a few showers it has been Ok.