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The Most Lethal Fighter Jet Ever Built | F-22 Raptor

  • Published on Feb 17, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • The F-22 Raptor is the most lethal fighter jet ever built. Capable of flying over twice the speed of sound at altitudes upwards of 60,000 feet, there's a reason the Raptor is the most feared aircraft in the world. Come along with me as I visit the Hawaii Air National Guard to learn what makes the F-22 Raptor the true king of the sky.
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    Video Chapters:
    0:00 Introduction
    0:58 Aircraft Overview
    2:38 Hawaii National Guard
    3:12 F-22 Up Close
    4:04 The Cockpit
    5:00 Weapon Systems
    5:35 Raytheon Missiles & Defense
    7:13 Engines & Thrust Vectoring
    8:07 Flight Controls
    8:56 Inside the Squadron
    9:36 Gearing Up
    11:30 Blasting Off
    12:50 Conclusion
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  • Sam Eckholm
    Sam Eckholm  2 months ago +62

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    • God
      God Month ago

      Thanks for the link

    • Miki Maus
      Miki Maus Month ago +1

      Very good fighter jet. It was tested and successful in baloon war. I think its fully ready for further combat.

  • Ohmwrecker / Maskedgamer
    Ohmwrecker / Maskedgamer 7 months ago +864

    Such an amazing aircraft, and it's incredibly cool that you got to get up close, I was shocked when I saw this video pop up. Guessing they left out details in the gear room on the visor for secrecy reasons, heard that they have the ability to target through the aircraft platform due to their sensors/visor integration among other things. Can only imagine where that technology is.
    Thanks to those that serve and protect us, and for them opening their doors to give us all a peek.

    • Adeeb Navai
      Adeeb Navai 7 months ago +52

      Negative. Normal visor in there, you’re thinking of the F-35 helmets 🤙

    • jtl05
      jtl05 7 months ago +4

      @Adeeb Navai f22 and the f35 have that why would an air dominance fighter not be able to use the 360 sensors to defend itself

    • CydeWeys
      CydeWeys 7 months ago +39

      @jtl05 The F-22 does not have that. It first flew in 1997 and those features weren't available then (and haven't been retrofitted since). Only the F-35, which is a much newer aircraft, has that.

    • Bryan Jackson
      Bryan Jackson 7 months ago +12

      I live in downtown Honolulu within few miles from Hickam Air Force base, and so get to see and hear these planes take off on a regular basis.
      When you see them go vertical like they do at the end of the video, it is a spectacular and breathtaking sight, and the sound they make can be heard resounding throughout the city, even from miles and miles away!

  • Justin Cowley
    Justin Cowley 5 months ago +59

    Always love seeing these at air shows, the sound they make is absolutely tremendous. The reverberations you feel when they do flybys is unlike anything else.

  • HackingDutchman
    HackingDutchman 7 months ago +184

    Amazing how responsive those large flight components are.
    The F-22 not only performs well, it also looks amazing!

    • Chua PG
      Chua PG 7 months ago +3

      F 22 performs well 🤔 ? It seemed that it failed to hit the China balloon that was 3 times the size of a bus in the first try. So much for the propaganda 😔.

    • 잠이 솔솔ASMRTV
      잠이 솔솔ASMRTV 7 months ago +8

      @Chua PG source?

    • Chua PG
      Chua PG 7 months ago +1

      @잠이 솔솔ASMRTV News from USA. The balloon incident was once all over the globe.

    • 잠이 솔솔ASMRTV
      잠이 솔솔ASMRTV 7 months ago +5

      @Chua PG
      I know there was a balloon incident.
      [It seemed that it failed to hit the China balloon that was 3 times the size of a bus in the first try.]
      I meant this part.

  • Andre B
    Andre B 2 months ago +9

    Gotta admit, the F-22 is legitimately a technical marvel. Even more crazy when you realize we don't even know the jet's full capabilities. If this thing had HMDS and the relatively simpler upgradability and maintenance of the F-35, it'd probably be damn-near unstoppable for the remainder of its life-span. Makes me wonder how stupid-strong and advanced the NGAD is going to be, once that jet is let loose.

  • Ari Bajtner
    Ari Bajtner 7 months ago +88

    The F22 was at Oshkosh AIrventure in 2019. My son and I were in the front row for the late afternoon, early evening air show and the jet taxied in front of us. She couldn't have been more then 30 feet away and the thing that stands out to me even 4 years later is just how amazingly loud the plane is even at idle. Just an amazing piece of engineering

    • forrest225
      forrest225 5 months ago +1

      It's by far the loudest aircraft i've ever heard. Pretty incredible, has a ton of presence during shows.

    • Roger Lee
      Roger Lee 3 months ago +1

      loud doesnt mean it's good.

    • forrest225
      forrest225 3 months ago +2

      @Roger Lee It's loud because it's got a lot of power. That power allows it to super cruise and sprint to over mach 2. That power also makes it more maneuverable thanks to the thrust vectoring.

    • naM Man
      naM Man 2 months ago +1

      @Roger Lee in some cases yes, yes it dose

  • King Ghidorah
    King Ghidorah 6 months ago +78

    It's truely unbelievable how the stealthiest fighter in the world is also one of the most maneuverable ones

    • ImOqtz
      ImOqtz 5 months ago +3

      ​@GabaGhoul lmao ok but if the su 57 has 3d thrust vectoring that doesn't help against bvr fights nobody dogfights anymore due to stealth which the 57 doesn't have

    • Srini Varma
      Srini Varma 5 months ago +7

      ​@ImOqtzAre there any Su 57 in service?

    • ImOqtz
      ImOqtz 5 months ago +1

      @Srini Varma theres only around 9 but only about 5 are operational and russia cant afford to lose any

    NIMSU 7 months ago +717

    The fact that she was first flown in '97, finally introduced in 2005, is absolutely crazy. The fact that the F35 looks similar, is just a testament to how advanced she was/is. Obviously the f-35 has lots more tech than it would appear.

    • Unknown User
      Unknown User 7 months ago +14

      YF 22 was first flown in 1990

    • snig222
      snig222 7 months ago +48

      The F35 program started in 2001, and all the way back then it looked like the F22. Also they were both developed and manufactured by Lockheed. So it's really not surprising they look similar.

    • NIMSU
      NIMSU 7 months ago +11

      ​@snig222 I know it started then but although the raptor was 'released' in 2005, the earliest f35 was released 20 years later. The raptor was first flown in 1997, how many years of research do you think it took Lockheed to perfect the airframe? So you're saying that the f35 looks like a raptor because it did at the beginning of the program in 2001 really helps your argument? The f35 is using a similar 'looking' airframe because the f22 conceived in the early 80s, was and is the pinnacle of fighter aircraft design, not because the f35 looked 'like an f22 in 2001'

    • NIMSU
      NIMSU 7 months ago +2

      @Unknown User gold star for you. YF was a prototype, developed to give the USAF an idea of which airframe/developer to give the contract to to build the airplanes. TLDR; YF-22 isn't an F-22 because there's a big capital Y in front of the F! If you want to learn what the Y means go learn what it is before thinking you know everything.

    • Unknown User
      Unknown User 7 months ago +2

      @NIMSU I know what Y is. And I know that the F22 and YF 22 are not the same aircraft. My point was that the YF 22 and F22 had the same basic features. The F22 is based on the YF 22

  • Giel Sweertvaegher
    Giel Sweertvaegher 7 months ago +38

    I've seen it fly a couple of times, but never realized how big it actually is! Once again a great video Sam.

  • jopar024
    jopar024 3 months ago +19

    Living in Hawaii and flying F-22's for a job must feel like a dream come true after a lifetime of hard work.

  • The ligmonster
    The ligmonster 3 months ago +5

    When I was in Honolulu I was taking off in a 707 to go to Kona and our flight was delayed by the squadron taking off. It is truly amazing to hear the roar of those engines. I recommend anyone who has the chance to go see F-22s in action should. Great video man keep it up.

  • rbrtck
    rbrtck 7 months ago +76

    Actually, there is a lot more to stealth than just the coating. If that weren't the case, then any fighter could be coated with RAM to become a stealth fighter, and everyone would be doing it. It's about the shaping and electrical properties of the entire airframe, including sensors, which pose a particular challenge.

    • Shadow
      Shadow 4 months ago +3

      Yea I’m guessing they can’t speak on everything

    • quakxy
      quakxy 3 months ago +2

      I learned about how stealth works from a channel called Messier82AC. He designs planes in a sim that calculates stealth but has yet to implement RAM so he has to rely solely on shaping

    • takota w
      takota w 2 months ago

      Shhhh you’re telling national defense secrets on the internet

  • objc
    objc 6 months ago +18

    F-22 is incredible to see in person, just an astonishing machine. I was able to see an F-22 demonstration at the Westover AFB air show and unforgettable.

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    Linus 7 months ago +2169

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      TMS TV 5 months ago +79

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  • The Blackbird
    The Blackbird 7 months ago +24

    I had my first encounter with the Raptor at a very unexpected place. My family had gone to a dolphin show at an aquarium in Destin, Florida. While everyone was amazed at the dolphin, my eyes were towards the sky as two F-22’s flew over, delivering a deafening roar over the aquarium

  • AL Bailey
    AL Bailey 4 months ago +6

    I heard that the radar on the F-22 changes its signal like over 15,000 times per second this plane can’t be tracked let alone be stopped awesome aircraft period 👍

  • James Kellogg
    James Kellogg 7 months ago +8

    I recall seeing one of these beasts at the Ocean City, MD airshow in June 2021 and I'll tell you even with the jet at 5,000 ft with no afterburners it is incredibly loud, ear protection definitely recommended at an airshow with a Raptor!!

    • Chris
      Chris 4 months ago

      I live about 20 miles north of a base where over 30 are stationed. I hear and see them coming and going. The last few weeks there was a big training exercise with about 150 military planes. It’s been busy day and night until today.

  • Mo Havie
    Mo Havie 4 months ago +2

    man, im glad all our pilots get to practice on these jets daily. this gives us a great chance to win if there were any air fights against another country.

  • skyfish
    skyfish 7 months ago +452

    I grew up in Honolulu, so it was very cool to see the squadron who would fly over my school every day featured like this! Thank you for the detailed video, Sam!❤

    • Bull Gator1991
      Bull Gator1991 7 months ago +29

      The first and so far only time I visited Hawaii I had just arrived at a car rental facility just outside the airport. Right as I was done packing, in the corner of my eye, I spot four Raptors in a right echelon starting to peel away from the formation until the last one in line broke directly over the facility. Unforgettable. Was the perfect start to my stay.

    • Sam Eckholm
      Sam Eckholm  7 months ago +28

      That’s so cool!

    • Trey Payne
      Trey Payne 7 months ago +1

      Hawaii is absolutely beautiful friend 😀👍

    • Brent Webb
      Brent Webb 7 months ago +3

      Oahu gang represent ✊

    • Sander Lillebø
      Sander Lillebø 7 months ago

      @Sam Eckholmin your opinion what is your favourite fighter jet? The f-22 raptor or the f-35, and why do you prefer it more than the other? Wich is better in your opinion and why?

  • Dannamal1899
    Dannamal1899 7 months ago +6

    On my last deployment, when we stopped by Hawaii, a flight of 4 F-22 came in landing the Air Base. It was so cool seeing these beasts fly!

  • MrRobdog420
    MrRobdog420 7 months ago +2

    I'm blessed to live in Huntington Beach, CA and we have a yearly airshow that is absolutely amazing. For the past 3 years they've switched between an F-22 or F-35, then either the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels... The F-22 is single handedly the most amazing aircraft I have had the fortune of seeing fly. The sound those engines make are enough to give paraplegic an erection!

  • Cmdr Riotz
    Cmdr Riotz 5 months ago +1

    I heard the actual shape of the jet also contributes to the stealth. And no weapons on the outside reduces radar signature.

  • Ajey
    Ajey 7 months ago +8

    My (ex) brother in-law assembled the port intake on every F-22 made here in Atlanta. We were lucky enough to walk the flight-line where his workstation was and see the work he was doing. It was amazing that we were allowed to walk directly up to the cage and see these amazing things from about 20 feet. I'm so glad that these are not for export because this thing is a badd mamma jamma.

    • Chua PG
      Chua PG 7 months ago

      F 22 planes are not for export because of super high price tag. No US allies are rich enough to buy a lot.

    • rbrtck
      rbrtck 7 months ago +1

      @Chua PG There is a law passed by Congress that forbids foreign sales of the F-22 anyway--to anyone, including allies. Similarly, the depleted uranium armor on the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank is never sold to any other country. Even the most advanced exported Abrams have an older, less protective version of the armor (the M1A2s being prepared for Ukraine as we speak are being stripped of their depleted uranium armor). I guess if for some unforeseen reason the US military finds themselves going up against F-35s or foreign M1A2s, they need something that can kill them at better than parity. Contrary to popular belief, the export F-35 is not compromised, but the F-22 has similar stealth plus superior kinematics, agility, and air-to-air missile loadout, just in case.

    • rbrtck
      rbrtck 7 months ago +1

      @Chua PG The Japanese are, and did inquire about it at one point. They wanted more of a multirole variant, though, and of course they wanted industrial participation, but then they nixed the project well before it got started. Maybe it was the cost, but they sure paid a handsome premium to make their own heavier version of the F-16 (the Mitsubishi F-2) previously, so they've got deep pockets and the incentive to spend on the best equipment, given their proximity to China and North Korea. Israel were also interested for a while, but then Congress went ahead and forbade exporting the F-22 or any variant thereof.

    • Rayyan
      Rayyan 6 months ago +2

      @Chua PG Absolutely Not, countries would pay trillion to own a couple fleets of these
      It's not for export because it ensures US-Air-Dominance In any situation against any nation In any circumstance
      Irregardless of what aircraft you have (Nato member, or Chinese or Russian tech) the F-22 Is uncontested In terms of air superiority a hand full of these birds ensure complete air dominance (Which is basically the core objective of winning a war)

  • TheMiniRobot
    TheMiniRobot 4 days ago

    It's insane how the F22 has never been shot down in combat. Not even against that balloon (the one time it was in combat)

  • AV8OR51
    AV8OR51 7 months ago +349

    Sam, you must have all kinds of clearance to be able be near the F22 and making awesome videos! Looking forward for your next video!

    • Platinum phones & computers
      Platinum phones & computers 7 months ago +38

      That is what I was wondering the amount of paper work needed to access these jets

    • Ben La Vine
      Ben La Vine 7 months ago +41

      I’m pretty sure I saw in a Boeing video that he is assigned by the military as a media guy for the raptor specifically! Which also gets him access with other aircraft. I was like huh this guy looks familiar

    • Terry McGinnis
      Terry McGinnis 7 months ago +9

      When I was out in Tucson, Arizona during one of the big air shows they had a Raptor there for people to walk around and get pictures with. The only differences I can remember from what the public got access to in terms of closeness to the aircraft, and what the video showed was the weapons bays and cockpit. Both were closed at the air show and there was an armed active duty Airman patrolling around the Airframe itself. It was roped off so you could only get about 10 feet or so from it.

    • HashMaster
      HashMaster 7 months ago +2

      I’m almost positive he used to fly F-22s right?

    • Al Cala
      Al Cala 7 months ago +16

      @HashMaster Not a pilot. He was a PR/media guy with the Raptor demo team.

  • JustAlpha
    JustAlpha 7 months ago +11

    This plane garnered so much hate as I was growing up, but it was one of the first planes I've ever seen at my first ever air show as a kid, so I always appreciated it. Turns out, it's one heck of a machine. Who knew? Hehe. And although the F-35 is my favorite jet nowadays, I will always keep this jet in high regard. :)

    • Matt Howard
      Matt Howard 7 months ago

      What hate? I've never heard that for the Raptor..

    • JustAlpha
      JustAlpha 7 months ago +5

      @Matt Howard Oh my gosh, there was SOOO much hate for the Raptor when I was growing up. People called it too expensive, an ineffective waste of time, and so on.

    • Matt Howard
      Matt Howard 7 months ago

      @JustAlpha wow. I've only heard that for the 35. 1.7 trillion? How much was the 22.?

    • Matt Howard
      Matt Howard 7 months ago +1

      @JustAlpha also, 22 is still my favorite! 35 is cool. But man. Raptor. I'll never forget the first time I saw it in person!

    • JustAlpha
      JustAlpha 7 months ago +1

      @Matt Howard I can't remember, but it was a lot. People would slander on it for being a "massive waste of the defense budget". Or at least, that's what I remember.

  • Porkchop
    Porkchop 7 months ago

    I had the opportunity to see the raptor demo team a couple years ago, truly an incredible aircraft to witness in person!

  • JustAChiefsFan
    JustAChiefsFan 2 months ago +1

    Very distinct sound. After they do that signature j turn over the base/flight line, you hear that, yet again, very distinct howl, after you hear the absolute roar of the F119s… Loved seeing them up at JBER/Elmendorf AFB, saw them do night sorties at Nellis, and we hear them some days here at Eglin.

  • Jehoiakim Eli Doronila
    Jehoiakim Eli Doronila 4 months ago

    Also, I think stormbreaker is essentially a cruise missile, but specifically made to be fired from planes

  • Michael Lee
    Michael Lee 5 months ago +1

    Thanks for the cool video, Sam. Well done. How many Tubers can say they have a video sponsored by Raytheon?! Amazing! I was blessed to have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, and went to many Fleet-Week events, including the Blue Angels flight demonstrations. Let me tell you...those F-18 Super Hornets, while not being Raptors, aint nothing to sneeze at! Loved the video, man. Raptors are just freaking ridiculous...

  • Scott M
    Scott M 7 months ago +39

    A few weeks ago some Raptors from Alaska stopped by my base, which is home to F15s and F35s, and I remember thinking that they seemed like they were the perfect blend of both 15s and 35s. They're intimidatingly lethal in the air but also stealthy enough to kill you without ever being seen.

  • Anthony Saponaro
    Anthony Saponaro 3 months ago

    It is absolutely jaw dropping just how fast that thing picks off altitude

  • James M
    James M 2 months ago

    The F22 reminds me of the HMS Hood on so many levels. Most intimidating, power projecting, world beating, monumentally expensive weapon system, without match for 20 years - without being in an actual life or death combat situation.

  • Mark346533243
    Mark346533243 Month ago

    It's a very incredible aircraft to observe and learn about.

  • Saf_BrofaceVirtus
    Saf_BrofaceVirtus 7 months ago +4

    There is actually a general that still flies with the hawaiian raptors. I was shocked when I was walking through and saw that one of the gear locker spaces had a Generals patch on it.

  • Brian MacPherson
    Brian MacPherson 2 months ago

    I can't wait to see what they do next! Amazing technology 😁

  • Lukas Klüpfel
    Lukas Klüpfel 7 months ago +64

    Just recently stumbled upon your channel, I believe it was the AC-130 video. Can you do something about the Apache helicopter as well? Also one of the most prestigious military aircraft ther is in my opinion. I love how the US air force is just so open and happy to showcase this stuff on Clip-Share for the people to see. Would be unimaginable where I live.
    You've earned my subscription, will watch your future videos with joy. Keep it up and best regards

    • Sam Eckholm
      Sam Eckholm  7 months ago +34

      Apache is coming soon! Welcome to the squad :)

    • Lukas Klüpfel
      Lukas Klüpfel 7 months ago +2

      @Sam Eckholm Thank you for the welcome Sam and looking forward. 😎

  • Craig Bringman
    Craig Bringman 6 months ago +1

    The combination of stealth, supercruisre, advanced sensors and avionics, trust vectoring, and advanced weapons make the F-22 Raptor the Best.

  • Mitchell
    Mitchell 7 months ago +2

    So proud to have seen and photographed this beauty during it's only visit to my country, The Netherlands until so far. No word is untrue. This machine is truly a superior beast. I nicknamed it, Emperor Of The Skies 🔥🔥

  • Droz
    Droz 5 months ago

    the quality, the narration and the military hardware is superb on this video, new subscriber here

  • Cait C
    Cait C 28 days ago

    I live just south of the bay in Tampa Bay Area and the jets from MacDill AFB fly over my neighborhood every now and then. The sound is incredible even if you’re inside. You have to cover your ears if you’re outside. Just incredible!

  • Brian Murphy
    Brian Murphy 6 months ago +1

    I was stationed at Holloman AFB when they had their F-22's there so got to see them up close a lot. They truly are pretty awesome planes. Always hear them flying around.

  • IWI KongZilla
    IWI KongZilla 7 months ago +2

    Such an incredibly beautiful aircraft. I know its purpose is on the darker side of humanity however its overall achievement is simply stunning. Undoubtedly the "known" cutting edge of engineering capability. Great video thanks for letting us peer behind the curtain.

  • Dana Nichols
    Dana Nichols 7 months ago +4

    Very nicely done -- all aspects! I retired from Aircrew Flight Equipment, with the AK ANG 176WG, at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage. The active duty side has several F-22 Squadrons, which make a great mix of air traffic (we even still have contract DC-6s supporting supply to outlying radar sites on the Bering Sea coast -- great moments to hear heavy radials winding-up, now and then). I was able to watch some F-22 pre-flight & engine starts from the hangars, so I know what you have produced here is an excellent, very close-up look at this weapon system. I always appreciated my privilege/perk, working close by all of the time, to watch the daily airfield activity which most folks never get so close to. The alert cells (working relics from the F-102 days!) see fairly frequent launches for intercepts out over the Alaska west and north coast. It is impressive to see a section of Raptors climb vertically, to out-of-sight, then see their contrails ripping west without pause. The guard wing has seven different weapon systems, including HC-130s, HH-60s, and Guardian Angels/PJs, which are on SAR standby when the Raptors fly. Vast area, especially having the tasking for a vast, distant ADIZ reach. Pretty awesome reach for a fighter! And, the demo flight performance of this jet, vertical and hovering around like a helo -- just off of the deck! -- is absolutely phenomenal.
    I just stumbled across your video here, by way of "The Flyby" newsletter. Guess I'll be a regular now. You have a good knack with your presentation, Sam. Press on,
    Dana Nichols

  • Pramusetya Kanca
    Pramusetya Kanca 7 months ago +3

    Sam, I'm glad to be a viewer and subscriber to your channel. You make hella amazing military content on YT, and I love you for it.
    Fun fact: I first found out about you when you promoted Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown leading up to its release.

    • Sam Eckholm
      Sam Eckholm  7 months ago

      I appreciate that! And oh wow, the AC7 promotion was a good time :)

  • clarence go
    clarence go 6 months ago +1

    One of the very best designs modern jets in America’s history. It’s flying like a bird into different directions with ease ❤

    • Roadrunner
      Roadrunner 6 months ago +2

      But still cant match 25 years older russian planes 😆

    • Tech XYZ
      Tech XYZ 4 months ago

      @Roadrunner su35 >f35

  • Big H
    Big H 4 months ago +1

    even if you make the RCS 0 (virtually impossible), the jet is still able to be detected by infrared because of its heatmap

  • khalid adnan ahmad
    khalid adnan ahmad 9 days ago +1

    Beautiful. A marvel of engineering ❤️

  • Steve F
    Steve F 6 months ago +1

    Such an awesome plane! Chevrolet used this jet as inspiration to design C6 (6th Gen) Corvette. I found that out right before I bought one and the car is awesome too!

  • Josh Mayer
    Josh Mayer 7 months ago +3

    I've seen it at Air Shows with the F-22 Demo team and on display, it's definitely an incredible fighter jet.

  • Bryan Jackson
    Bryan Jackson 7 months ago +3

    I live in downtown Honolulu just a few miles away from Hickam Air Force base, and so get to see and hear these planes take off on a regular basis.
    When you see them go vertical like they do at the end of the video, it is a spectacular and breathtaking sight, and the sound they make can be heard throughout the city, even from miles and miles away!
    This was a great video, and I really appreciated getting a behind the scenes and up close look at these incredible planes I usually see only from afar, the pilots who fly them and the crews who keep them flying.

  • Everythingman
    Everythingman 2 months ago +1

    The Raptors' been operational for 18 years now.
    For some perspective, the F-4 Phantom hit the 18 year service mark in 1979, when it was already being replaced by the Tomcat.
    The F-14 Tomcat hit 18 years of service in 1992.
    The light grey F-15 hit 18 years in 1994.
    The F-15E Strike Eagle hit 18 years in 2007.
    The F-16 hit 18 years in 1999.
    The Raptor is getting old, but still unmatched in the A2A arena.

  • Zachary Harpel
    Zachary Harpel 3 months ago +1

    This is what I'm trying to get into the Air Force for! The F-22 Raptor!

  • Steve Melnyk
    Steve Melnyk 7 months ago

    Such an incredible aircraft to see and hear in person at the Jones Beach air show last year. Awesome video Sam!

  • Bo Jacks
    Bo Jacks 5 months ago

    I always wanted to be a pilot when I was growing up, especially the SR-71 Blackbird... I envy pilots of the AH-64 and F-22/F-35 or any fighter jet for the US for that matter. Also @ 9:00 it's awesome to see Senator Daniel Inouye's pictures on that wall, brings back memories. When I was a kid my grandmother and Senator Inouye were really good close friends. I got to sit in his office chair and draw pictures when he and my grandmother had to go to meetings. Now that I'm older I appreciate that I got to meet him and hear his stories and do the things I got to do in his office while waiting around lol. He was a very kind and gentle person and he told me how he lost his arm but he never went into further details about the war (WW2) that he was in. That man is one of a kind person, so awesome seeing his pictures while watching this video.
    I envy you just for being near an F-22 like that and after watching your AH-64 video lol. Keep up the good work, bradda.

  • Aryan Singh
    Aryan Singh 7 months ago +4

    Sam , its really amazing to see how you manage to get close to this fighter jets ,whether its f22 or f35.
    and I hope to see Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit one day in your channel

  • camma230
    camma230 6 months ago

    Was lucky to see these fantastic Planes close up at the Australian Airshow where the Raptor, the F-35, and the super hornets where on show.
    to say fantastic is an understatement. what amazing planes, made the ground move as they flew overhead at low level. just super

  • joao rodrigues
    joao rodrigues 7 months ago +1

    Wow Sam, the episode i always wanted, and it didnt disappoint.
    Love that plane, thank you for the insight👌

  • Purple Dreki
    Purple Dreki 4 months ago

    Very beautiful and well designed fighter!

  • Robert Mahler
    Robert Mahler 6 months ago

    I wonder what it would take to finally produce a pilot capable of piloting these amazingly advanced flying machines?

  • StaleAir
    StaleAir 7 months ago +5

    I used to be obsessed with F-22 as a child. Still am! Amazing video.

  • Dimitar Margaritov
    Dimitar Margaritov 7 months ago +1

    Great job, one of my favorite aircraft ever! And I really wish they would have shown the displays as well. Should have included a promo code for the Raytheon missiles though lol.

    • rbrtck
      rbrtck 7 months ago

      I haven't seen the F-22's displays since the early 1990s, and I think there are reasons for this. I know what it shows, and I think it's an awesome, intuitive, abstract presentation of situational awareness. I'm not going to describe it in much detail in case the USAF would rather that the public not know. It's nothing like how previous avionics were operated. It's all glass like the F-35's, except that there are more and smaller screens with buttons surrounding them instead of two larger touchscreens (the buttons and HOTAS are used for control). There is a large screen in the middle flanked by somewhat smaller screens on the left, right, and bottom. There are also two small screens on either side of the standard HUD (which includes comms control) that display the artificial horizon (on the right) and other information. All of the screens are full color, and make use of both color and shapes. The screens can be configured in many ways, but when I saw them it was always the overall situation in the center (where everyone is and who they are), defense on the left (threats with imagery indicating their detection range against the F-22 at that angle), attack on the right (targets automatically numbered according to priority and indication of whether they are in range to shoot at), and stores and status at the bottom. You don't operate each subsystem and integrate the information in your brain like on the F-15, it's all done for you and presented in an abstract manner that can be read at a glance without thinking and cross-referencing.
      Maybe older fighters have been upgraded to do something similar by now, but it was revolutionary in the early 1990s, and at least from what I've seen, even the latest fighters don't have the kind of "sensor fusion" that the F-22 and F-35 have. Some flight simulator games of various fighters (even really old ones) have had something like this, but the real fighters are different, as it's easy to implement in games, but extremely difficult in real life.

    • Dimitar Margaritov
      Dimitar Margaritov 7 months ago

      @rbrtck Thanks for the detailed comment, hope you wont get into trouble lol! Though I kind of imagined that this is what it would mostly look like.

    • rbrtck
      rbrtck 7 months ago

      @Dimitar Margaritov I didn't give away anything that can't still be found in old aviation journals, so I should be safe. 😉 What I know about what is displayed and how is interesting and to me makes the F-22's avionics seem very advanced and sophisticated, even for today. Let's just say that the F-22 knows itself and other aircraft and ground systems very well, including various signatures. The F-22 tells you what it believes the enemy knows and can see, not just what it knows about the enemy. It also "listens" and records everything, including radar and communication signals. It's quite a good ELINT and SIGINT aircraft, not just a fighter.
      I suppose it is like modern digital flight control systems (which it also has, of course). You tell the fighter what you want in abstract human terms, and it figures out how to actually perform the maneuver, so you don't have to remember to hit the right rudder while doing a banked left turn, and things like that. The aircraft knows its own aerodynamic quirks so you don't have to worry about that. The F-22 and F-35 handle sensors and situational awareness like that, and operate multiple sensors and other systems on your behalf, quickly and with minimal emissions, so you don't have to. All you see is what you need or want to know, not which sensors were used to provide the information. If you set EMCON low (this is not a classified secret), then the F-22 will indicate that the information presented to you might be uncertain to a degree. If you really need to know more about something, then you can give the F-22 permission to get more intel just on that potential target. You're working with the fighter on strategy, figuring out what is going on, where it is safe to maneuver, and who to attack, not figuring out how to actually do all of this yourself with raw data. The F-22 controls itself and its sensors better than you could do that manually anyway, and it does it in a way that maximizes stealth, as well. This is next-level stuff compared to even advanced variants of fourth-generation fighters. Other fighters can provide some of this information on a datalink terminal such as Link 16, but the F-22 and F-35 provide more information and can do it on their own. In fact, sometimes they help the AWACS crew with gathering or confirming information. It's why everyone says the F-35 is just beyond, like an alien spaceship, but except for lacking the fancy helmet, the F-22 works the same way. It's just not talked about as much.
      None of this is a secret, by the way. Maybe just the exact details of the display, which I'm not going to describe. It doesn't look like what I've seen of the F-35's display, so the latter might be faked for public consumption anyway. 😄 Maybe what I saw of the F-22's displays early on was fake, too, but I don't think it looks fake--it looks very well thought out and easy to process.

  • Babe B
    Babe B 6 months ago

    That was awesome watching this. Cabo would answer a few of my questions, but THIS? With visual & details was incredible. Love your videos, thank you for sharing.

  • Jovanni_OrB
    Jovanni_OrB 5 months ago

    Great video. F-15 is currently the most lethal having the most kills and if things continue the F-22 may never actually get used against the enemy with the F-35 replacement. F-35 might take the crown from the F-15 if we go to war.

  • Wilfredo Barrett
    Wilfredo Barrett 7 months ago +1

    Fascinating video. What was missing in Maverick for the mighty F18, we got for the almighty F22. I hope our next video will be about the ghost: the F35, the one that pilots from other fighters describe as "fighting an F35 is like boxing blind"!

    NX_CTRL 3 months ago

    I’ll never forget when the pilots in my command were going against this bird in the F-18 and man, we were getting worked by the USAF. Lol! Such a beast of a A/C. I don’t think we got one kill. Not even my skipper at the time who was a pretty damn good pilot.

  • Bull Gator1991
    Bull Gator1991 7 months ago +144

    2:50 “Loco” Lopez was the F-22 Demo Team pilot during the 2018-2019 airshow seasons. I watched one of his performances at St. Louis, 2019. Glad to see he’s still flying.

    • Sam Eckholm
      Sam Eckholm  7 months ago +49

      My former boss 😉

    • Chris Cole
      Chris Cole 7 months ago +4

      @Sam Eckholm I was kinda disappointed you didn’t get to talk to him in this video.. talking about that aspect as well as the tactical would’ve made this even more amazing

  • Andreas Tarding
    Andreas Tarding 6 months ago +1

    I love videos where the sponsor shout-out segment is actually interesting and worth watching! (It also looks like this even shows in the most replayed-graph.) Good job!

  • MaddoxLyrics
    MaddoxLyrics 7 months ago +2

    FINALLY!! Jeez bro, i was wondering when you were gonna make a video on the greatest fighter jet ever built lol, and so happy that this whole baloon debacle is exposing the Raptor to so many forgotten casual people, now it will get more recognition which it deserves so dearly

  • Kimse-Ebidou Tuatongha

    I am amazed by the capabilities.

  • TRX Cummins
    TRX Cummins 7 months ago +1

    The most highly underrated part of the entire thing is the aircraft mechanics... without them they can't do shit..
    There's a part of me as an aircraft mechanic that wish all mechanics that would cease fire so to speak to realize that they need us to have their fun

  • Boyan Dimitrov
    Boyan Dimitrov 6 months ago +1

    a magnificent plane, but it was too expensive even by cold war standards. that's why they built so few.

  •  3.14PI
    3.14PI 7 months ago +14

    its not just the paint that lets it be stealthy but also the design of the plane. the design of the plane actually does most of the work and the paint just reduces the radar reflectivity.

    • rbrtck
      rbrtck 7 months ago +1

      Exactly right, it's the only way to squeeze the last bit of stealth into the airframe. Used alone on a conventional airframe, it would make a measurable difference, but the difference in detection range is proportional to the 4th root of the RCS, so it's not even worth it. On the F-22 (or F-35 or F-117), which has a shape that provides the stealth, the coating is more worthwhile. The same goes for internal weapon bays. Those would help the RCS of any fighter, but it's not worth the effort, while on a stealth plane, they are absolutely necessary.
      One anecdote from F-22 development is that a "naked" (no stealth coating, just paint primer, except inside the intake ducts, which is critical) F-22, on its first fight ever, took on four F-15s that were equipped with more advanced radars than other F-15s had at the time, and scored four simulated kills before the F-15s could detect it. Three of the kills were BVR, and the last one took place WVR--the F-15 spotted the F-22 visually, but his radar showed nothing, and then he "died" from a simulated AMRAAM launch. So anyone worrying about the F-22 not being stealthy enough when its coating looks worn because it has been refreshed in a while can rest assured that it is very stealthy even without the coating at all.
      The only place where the RAM coating is necessary and has to be better maintained is inside the intake ducts, which can't be made stealthy. Instead, they are designed with a geometry that ensures that all radar signals bounce off the coating multiple times--enough times to essentially make the signal so weak that the F-22 maintains its stealth. One bounce isn't nearly enough, but multiple will do the trick. The biggest contributors, by far, to the F-22's (or F-35's) RCS are its pitot tubes on the low sides of its nose. Lockheed tried to get rid of those, but the flush sensors they tried never worked well enough. Most people don't even notice the pitot tubes, so yeah, the F-22's RCS is pretty small.

    • Albertkallal
      Albertkallal 6 months ago

      well, a F35 has a lower RCS and better stealth. but that's expected with progressing of technology.
      as it stands now, a F35 will eat F22's all day long like taking candy from a baby. But, the f22 at introduction time was 2nd to none. Now? Well, it has high performance (kinetic energy), but the f22 does not stand a chance against F35's flying.

  • Chuck Clarke
    Chuck Clarke 7 months ago

    You do a great job on these videos, Sam.

  • Andy Warwick
    Andy Warwick 7 months ago +2

    Yeah man. Now, THIS is a channel I will subscribe to. Really polished and excellent enthusiastic and Milenial presentation for all! Well done! 10/10 My god I do love that Bird!

  • Dirk Diglets
    Dirk Diglets 3 months ago

    the parts I build are in this jet and the F35. i love it. and any non military jet that uses the Pratt and Whitney engines are all me. I have treated those air foils and I still find it insane to think about this stuff. I love my job.

  • Mokeys
    Mokeys 6 months ago +1

    I have a question, say you went into the air force academy with your friend. Would you be able to go through basic training with them? Sorry if this is a waste of time, and sorry if you already addressed this; thank you 😊

  • PhantomF4
    PhantomF4 7 months ago +27

    Sam, great to see a new video from you. F22 is my 3rd favorite air frame to date. Proceeded by my #1 F4 and the venerable A6. I have had the pleasure to see the F22 in person twice. 2022 at CCAS was the most recent. 2 things I take away from those shows was the SOUND. Good lord that plane is LOUD. It just reeks of insane power. The 2nd, but probably the most important was seeing an aircraft do things my mind still has a hard time computing. The "falling leaf", the negative G pushover, and how it can reverse field in the size of a cul-de-sac. It is truly amazing thing to see. One last thing, aviation related but in the realm of the AIM9X being used to down those "Chinese" baRRoons. 🤣How did they get a heat seeking missile to act on a target like that when the heat signature of negligible at best? I'm curious about why that weapon was selected and how it accomplished the mission.
    Thanks again for ANOTHER great video!

    • Quinn Leonard
      Quinn Leonard 7 months ago +2

      For your question about the balloons, the aim 9x has a thermal imaging seeker (think night vision or thermal camera) that allows it to make out shapes even if they don’t have that much of a heat signature, compared to older missiles that just had a heat seeker that could detect very hot objects. The ballon also stands out against the sky because of the heat that it reflects from the sun.

    • Gunther Mampaey
      Gunther Mampaey 7 months ago

      I can only imagine, we just switched from F16s to F35s and their sound is also very different. Wish I could see it, and hear it in real life, grtz from Belgium.

    • PhantomF4
      PhantomF4 7 months ago

      @Gunther Mampaey Hey my friend, hopefully you do at an air show soon! Much love from the USA! Stary safe!

    • PhantomF4
      PhantomF4 7 months ago

      @Quinn Leonard Thank you! Apparently, I spend too much time learning aircraft stuff and not about updated arms for them! I guess I have some homework to do friend! Be well -Phantom

    • Shane Cowan
      Shane Cowan 7 months ago

      @Quinn Leonard Really, was the balloon not at 60.000ft ? I've HALO'd from 30.000ft and I can tell you it's not fkn warm up there at 5miles let alone 10

  • Nyra890
    Nyra890 2 months ago +1

    watched it all from the beggining till the end and i enjoyed it a lot. Mighty aircraft for mighty pilots💪💪

  • Matt Kramer
    Matt Kramer 7 months ago +1

    I got a flight in an F15D. Awesome stuff. Sadly to say standing at the end of the runway on take off is not the next best thing.

  • Emphasis213
    Emphasis213 2 months ago

    It's an incredible aircraft but the issue is it's too invaluable to lose during a conflict.
    Losing an aircraft like this during a conflict means others could get their hands on some of the tech. Heck, even taking this thing to conflict can allow others to learn more about it's capabilities and how to counter it.
    This is why it's rarely ever flown outside the US.
    It is a good technology piece where it's tech gets carried over to newer generation aircrafts- F35.

  • Bad Marshmallow
    Bad Marshmallow 7 months ago

    My mates and I fly this thing in DCS and i know that the model isn’t perfect but it’s pretty realistic. Whenever we refer to it we call it the ufo bc it can pull random maneuvers put of nowhere that normally require a setup.

  • Alejandro Renovatio
    Alejandro Renovatio 6 months ago

    Very lethal. Its body count speaks for itself.

  • Adrian campbell
    Adrian campbell 7 months ago +14

    This is the video ive been waiting for and you absolutely nailed it! 👏
    Great job man!

    ENDITA KAMWENESHE 7 months ago +1

    The F-22 was definetly way ahead of its time when it was first commisioned, its hard to believe this is a 25 year old fighter jet, it still looks so modern.

    • Chua PG
      Chua PG 7 months ago

      Except this 25 year old modern plane failed to shoot down the big China balloon in the first shoot.

    • rbrtck
      rbrtck 7 months ago

      @Chua PG Stop spreading lies, and learn something about military aviation. It is actually very difficult to shoot down such a target, contrary to what most people's ignorance would tell them. And he didn't miss anyway. An F-16 pilot missed a smaller balloon several days later, but got it with a second shot. That could have been the fault of the AIM-9X, which was never designed to hit such a cold target. Older Sidewinder variants would have missed for sure, as they were designed to seek hot jet exhausts, not freezing-cold balloons. None of the F-22 pilots missed. They could have, and that would have been completely understandable, just like with the F-16 pilot, but they did not.

  • thetruebatman
    thetruebatman 6 months ago

    I get to watch the F-35’s take off from JRB in Fort Worth all the time, but I’ve yet to see the big brother. Incredible machines.

  • forrest225
    forrest225 5 months ago

    My favorite F22 fun fact: The f22 has more thrust than a 737 does at take off.

  • Gab
    Gab 7 months ago +2

    Nice to see “Loco” now a Lieutenant Colonel! Had the pleasure of meeting him during an airshow and he’s one down to earth kind of guy.

  • Youssef
    Youssef 4 months ago

    One of the best video edits i have seen in my life. The guy that has done this is an editing legend!

  • Not Armchair Historian
    Not Armchair Historian 7 months ago +8

    It has quite an impressive record of "1" air-to-air kill of an unmanned balloon.
    Very, very cool machine.

    • rbrtck
      rbrtck 7 months ago +3

      *Three* unmanned balloons, actually. One over South Carolina, one over Alaska, and one over Yukon (Canada). An F-16 got the fourth balloon over Lake Huron. And they were all harder to shoot down in some ways than another plane would have been.

    • Not Armchair Historian
      Not Armchair Historian 7 months ago

      @rbrtck Very impressive.

  • GoingBork
    GoingBork 3 months ago

    I go to Hawaii often, and it never gets old when I’m landing at Daniel K Inouye and I see these beasts in the hangar, taxiing, or flying sorties

  • Anita Praass
    Anita Praass 3 months ago

    All I can say is WOW. Amazing aircraft

  • Derek Baker
    Derek Baker 2 months ago

    It'd be a dream job to become a Naval Aviator and have the privilege of flying an F22 Raptor.

  • sirboom
    sirboom 5 months ago

    Lethality = potential to be lethal. "Lethal" is a demonstrated measure. The F6 is more lethal - in terms of kills - than the F22. The F22 has a vastly higher lethality than the F6. NIce video.

  • Hassan Farhan
    Hassan Farhan 6 months ago

    The F22 is magnificently mighty. The most capable and most beautiful fighter. It is my favorite!

  • P L A Y ツ
    P L A Y ツ 7 months ago +6

    Excellent video! You're one of my favourite Clip-Sharers and this is the best video that you've made so far! Congratulations!

  • rbrtck
    rbrtck 7 months ago

    Actually, thrust vectoring only plays a small part in the F-22's fancy maneuvers. Most of what it does is with aerodynamic controls alone.

    • Ro Ro
      Ro Ro 6 months ago

      Is that confirmed?

  • pokemonzapdos2
    pokemonzapdos2 2 months ago

    See the F-22's launch out of Nellis AFB quite often, and it's freakin' awesome lol these birds are absolutely loud and amazing

  • Phil
    Phil  6 months ago

    The F-22 and the F-16 are my favorite fighter jets. Awesome video.

  • Alvaro93
    Alvaro93 5 months ago

    ive seen the f22 demo team fly it and its insane!