F-22A Raptor Makes Civilian Air Show Debut
Two of the newest U.S. fighter aircraft, the Stealth fighter "Raptor," visited Sun 'n Fun Friday through Sunday, and there was no missing them ... they make a bit of noise. Tracks stopped and heads turned each afternoon when the two roared past, showing off with low-level steep turns and power climbs. Designed to replace the F-15, the F-22A combines stealth technology with supercruise capabilities, maneuverability, and advanced integrated avionics and sensors. "It's a big deal for the Air Force. This is the first time out of the nest," Lt. Col. Michael Shower told The Tampa Tribune. The Raptor had never before traveled to or staged from a civilian air show. Both Shower and fellow pilot Lt. Col. Wade Tolliver are from central Florida hometowns.