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F-22 Raptor tail section showing the vectored thrust components

F-22 Raptor tail section showing the vectored thrust components

In this photo of the tail section of the F-22 Raptor, you can see the detail of the thrust vectoring system. The computer controlled augmentation enables the pilot to go beyond "normal" maneuvering envelopes. In air-to-air combat, it is essential to be able to have the maneuverability to keep the target engaged, not only visually, but also the aircraft's fire control systems and weapons.

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Posted in Submitted by keith on Fri, 06/29/2007 - 13:50.