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Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor by Daniel-Wales-Images Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor by Daniel-Wales-Images
Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor at RAF Fairford during the Royal International AIr Tattoo 2010.
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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.
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30sqm Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
Surreal aircraft.. And superbly captured ..right down to the subtle details of eagle feathers and beak ! Those guys had a bit of fun preparing this aircraft ;-)

Definitely science-fiction - real in our lifetime.  It does make one wonder what else there is out there - that they are not yet sharing with the general public !?
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Oh wow, the F-22 in a such good picture, looks so awesome :D Love the F-22 :)
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an awesome shot. :D
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Darkblazer001 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, looks exactly like Stars cream from the first Transformers movie! Splendid!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Photographer
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.
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Adam-Walker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013   Writer
It's Starscream
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LionardStoryBuilder Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Niiiiice!
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gentx13 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
wow!
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Stevenharryw Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
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. Good show my friend.
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electricocomics Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ho HELL YEAH ! EPIC GOLD COCKPIT !
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oya-g Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
wonderful shot!!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
such an awesome machine`
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pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That just looks fast.
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-while-jag-rulz- Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Awesome!!!! sweet shot anyways I would imagine thats a difficult shot to take.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011   Photographer
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.
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-while-jag-rulz- Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hhhooo WOW that would be so Awesome to experience :wow:
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-while-jag-rulz- Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought they grownded these
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011   Photographer
This shot was taken July 2010 before they were grounded. However they are now flying again anyway.
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vangherphotography Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Awesome...I love the gold canopy.
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DavidPenney Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning image. Oh how I look forward to seeing this aircraft this year.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!~~~
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Airforce1985 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
WE'RE OMING TO GET YOU, YOU MUZZIE SONS OF BITCHES!!!
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Captain-Sweden Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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ptrckbllrd Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Nice capture here. :D
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feeves Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
The F-22 demo team's coming this weekend for me. I have a new lens this time, so hopefully, I can get some choice shots.

Thunderbirds too.
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plumpener Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010   Photographer
Damn, your lenese are so powerfull, you could catch a turd falling out of an ant's ass on the moon!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   Photographer
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 :D
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plumpener Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   Photographer
I don't know what to envy the most, your skill, your quipment, your results, or the damn cool shows you get to go to all of the time! I guess all of the above!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010   Photographer
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 :D
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plumpener Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010   Photographer
Timing and positioning are most of it, and Greener I suppose, but you are still the lucky one in many ways, your crime rate is nothing compared to ours
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DavidPenney Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Another outstanding image, love the detail in this shot.
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StormfalconX Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010   Photographer
RAPTOR!! 8-)
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StrayEagle41 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't suppose anyone knows what the small gap in the inboard leading edge of each wing is? and what it does?

Another Awesome shot btw :), love your work.
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Qphacs Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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StrayEagle41 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, so it's a slat?
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sagginj Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
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
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Qphacs Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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StrayEagle41 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So more like a STAB setting? or is it more along the lines of a Canard??

Thanks for the replys so far btw :)
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Qphacs Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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. :-)
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StrayEagle41 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, im a pilot myself :)

Is it a surface like flaps or slats? or is it more like an aileron?
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Qphacs Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   Photographer
Thank you very much, And sorry I have no idea what the gap is. :D
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WuShock Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shot of the vortices off the leading edge! He was turning pretty hard from the looks of it.
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disasterdesigner Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010   Photographer
Cutting through the air!!!
Massive!
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PathwayToTerminus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
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.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010   Photographer
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.
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PathwayToTerminus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
I'd love to get out and see a demo team sometime, just training always falls during the times any teams would happen to be in a city near us.
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