The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is widely acknowledged to be the best air dominance fighter in the world, effectively unbeatable in air-to-air combat. Yet the F-22 was never procured in large numbers, and today equips only two full USAF fighter wings in Virginia and Alaska, with another smaller unit in Hawaii and a training unit that is running down in Florida.
The USAF is pushing to retire its early model Raptors to free up funding for its planned replacement but is facing major pushback from the politicians.
This 116-page special looks at what makes this aircraft so special and considers its current and future roles.
Author/editor: Jon Lake
Expected Release Date: 26th October 2023