The F‑22 Raptor is widely touted as the world’s most capable air superiority fighter jet. As a 5th generation stealth aircraft, the F‑22 packs some incredible technologies in a highly maneuverable supersonic platform.
But it is also a very strange aircraft in certain regards. Despite being the best in its role, the Pentagon decided to buy only 186 aircraft out of the intended 750. Furthermore, Congress shut the door to any prospective buyers, forbidding Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer, from ever selling the aircraft abroad.
But how could an aircraft that is so good at its job get shut down so quickly into production? And why couldn’t the U.S. sell it to the many foreign buyers who were rushing to purchase it?
The F‑22 Raptor: A great aircraft
Introduced in 2005, the F‑22 Raptor was intended to replace the venerable F‑15 Eagle as America’s next air superiority fighter jet that would last well into the 2 …
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