Can an F-22 Raptor Land On A Carrier

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Is It Really Possible?

Can a F-22 Raptor land on a carrier if it’s the only option left? The Raptor is a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft developed for the US Air Force. 

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It can do both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is considered one of the world’s most advanced fighters. However, the F-22 is not designed to land on an aircraft carrier. Though it does have a tail hook, the F-22 would have certainly damaged the airframe beyond repair if it did land on a carrier.

Moreover, F-22s don’t have strong landing gears that are specially made for Navy aircraft. If worse comes to worst, then the F-22 CAN theoretically land on a carrier using its tail hook (with severe damage) or the carrier’s net.

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Additionally, the aircraft is designed for air-to-air combat instead of high-speed, high-maneuverability operations needed for carrier landings. 

Basically, it can land but it would probably never fly again.

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