Aerofax F/A-22 Raptor (Jay Miller)

overscan (PaulMM)

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Aerofax F/A-22 Raptor


Jay Miller is an internationally reknowned aviation author, and this Aerofax doesn't disappoint. Fans of unbuilt projects will appreciate the extensive coverage of the early ATF concepts and its development into today's F-22 Raptor. Anyone familiar with other Aerofax titles by Jay Miller will know what to expect; solid technical details alongside a comprehensive narrative of the development of this revolutionary aircraft, and some great photos too.

Highly recommended.

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I have this one as well and the detailed photos and technical commentary on the various Raptor systems is worthwhile for the modeler and enthusiast- for me, though, the section on early ATF concepts made the purchase price more than worth it!
Do someone know if this is a new edition (my one is 2005, and it's one cover says 'F/A-22 Raptor', not 'A/F-22') and if there some significant add-ons (in short, does it worth to buy a new edition)?
The Amazon cover artwork is wrong in this case - possibly prerelease?. I don't believe there is a new edition yet.

I can ask Jay if you want, to confirm.

I don't think there's a new edition out. That's probably a pre-release cover photo that was incorrect. My copy has "F/A-22" as well.
WTF ???
Here at Sheppard AFB Texas, we're in the process of building the aircraft maintenance training building for the Raptor. I had been putting it out in my weekly reports, etc., as the F/A-22 Maintenance Training Facility. I received a "Hot Rocket" from command the other day instructing me to henceforth describe it as the F-22A Maintenance Training Facility. I was told this was very, very important to the Air Force that it no longer be called the F/A-22.

Seems like the "Go-Fast" gang has won out over the "Mud Movers" again...
Yeah, they changed the designation back to F-22A again about a year ago, but I agree with it. I mean, all of our new combat aircraft since the 60's have this capability. It was the F-4, not the F/A-4 and the F-16, not the F/A-16. Now, I think the reason it was done on the F-18 (F/A-18) was more for marketing than any other reason, because it was the first aircraft where the cockpit displays could be switched from being optimized for ground attack and then immediately switched for A2A combat.

As for the F-22A, it was never going to be a mud mover and never will be. The aircraft is usually operating at 70,000ft and in the recent Alaskan flag training scenario, they rarely dropped down to 50,000ft. They drop their JDAMs from up there which gives them alot of range to work with, but it isn't like they are going to be working right in alongside the troops. The whole purpose for the JDAMs on the Raptor is really to take out SAM sites and the like. Although the Air Force now apparently wants to add a laser guidance capbility, such that the Raptor could drop laser guided munitions that could be guided by troops doing the lasing.

As for this Raptor book, I too really love the early concepts, especially the General Dynamics studies with the twin vertical tails out on the wings. They look very Anime'-ish.

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