The F-22 Just Hit An Extradinary Milestone – Shows Signs Of Becoming Unstoppable
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The Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor has been making big waves ever since it was introduced to the US Air Force in 2005. It has had some downs but those are vastly outweighed by the ups along the way. Now the F-22 is adding a new major accomplishment to its already stellar track record, its engine has reached a whopping 500,000 flight hours.
Equipped with twin Pratt & Whitney F119 engines which give the F-22 incredible power and amazing maneuverability with their vector-thrust capabilities. It took over 200,000 flights of the 187 F-22s flying since 2005 but the F119 engines held up. Crewmen attribute this powerful engine system to the success and longevity of the F-22.
“The F119 is one of the best things about the F-22 itself because it gives us so many options when it’s coming to troubleshoot and it tells on itself and it wants to be perfect at all times.”
– Kyle Kirkland (F-22 Crew Cheif)
The F1119 engines give the F-22 an edge of other fighters in dogfights and allow it to pull off moves that other fighters can’t. Congratulations on hitting 500,000 flight hours mark as the F-22 pushes its way towards 1,000,000.