Gary's Combat Aircraft Reference Guide



Alternative Designations: F-22, F-22 ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter), F/A-22, renamed F-22A in December 2005. Country of Origin: USA.
Similar Aircraft: F-15 Eagle, F-14 Tomcat, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Crew: One.
Role: Stealth, air superiority fighter, ground attack.
Armament: Missiles, cannon, JDAM.

Primary Mission Main Weapon Bays Side Weapon Bays M61A2 20mm cannon
Air-To-Air Loadout 6 AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles 2 AIM-9 infrared (heat seeking) air-to-air missiles 480 rounds 20mm
Air-To-Ground Loadout 2 1,000-pound GBU-32 JDAMs and 2 AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles

Dimensions: Length: 62 feet, 1 inch (18.9 meters). Span: 44 feet, 6 inches (13.6 meters).


Wings: High-mounted, semi-delta shape with round trailing edge and square tips. Hard point under each wing.

Engine(s): Two jet engines in body. Large, square and carried air intakes mounted under the wings' LERX. Small LO exhaust under the rear body.

Fuselage: Wide, square, carried in, tapers to the rear. High-mounted bubble canopy and rounded, bullet-shaped nose.

Tail: Two fins are large, tapered, canted out with square tips. Flats mounted on the fuselage are large, angled and protrude to the rear of the fins.


The F-22 Raptor is the U.S. Air Force's next generation air superiority fighter. The aircraft is designed to penetrate enemy airspace and achieve first-look, first-kill capability against multiple targets. The Raptor is intended to eventually replace the F-15C/D in the air superiority role and possesses substantial air-to-ground capability as well. The F-22 is expected to be even more effective than the F-15 due to its significantly lower radar signature, highly integrated avionics systems (for situation awareness and targeting), and ability to cruise at supersonic speed.