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Reno National Championship Air races and Air Show 2008

F-22 Raptor Demo / Gear Up / Reno Air Race and Airshow 2008

F-22 Raptor Demo / Gear Up / Reno Air Race and Airshow 2008

Major Paul "Max" Moga lights the afterburners for the F-22 Raptor demo. The thrust vectoring nozzles and large flight control surfaces enabled some incredible low speed maneuvers!

USAF Stealth F-22 Raptor / Reno Air Race and Airshow 2008

USAF Stealth F-22 Raptor / Reno Air Race and Airshow 2008

The Stealth USAF F-22 Raptor was flown by Major Paul "Max" Moga at the 2008 Reno Air Races and Airshow.
The Raptor's two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines are equipped with afterburners and two dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles. The two engines develop a total of 70,000 lbs. of thrust for the 40,000 lb. airframe, allowing incredible acceleration and vertical climb performance. The vectored thrust and large control surfaces can produce maneuvers that no conventional fighter jet can perform.

F-22 Raptor Weapons Bay Doors Open Pass / Reno Air Race and Airshow 2008

F-22 Raptor Weapons Bay Doors Open Pass / Reno Air Race and Airshow 2008

F-22 Raptor weapons bay doors open pass by Major Paul "Max" Moga. The stealth design of the weapons bay doors not only incorporates the triangular edge design, but activation of the opening and closing sequence is very rapid to minimize radar detection while the doors are open. The doors are only open long enough for the weapon to deploy.