After several attempts at making a F-22, I've finally made one that looks presentable.
The United States Air Force (USAF) had to make a fighter that could outperform the Soviet Su-27 and MIG-29, the F-15 and F16's biggest rivals. Because the of the Soviet's advaced fighters, the USAF held a contest to determine who would make 5th-generation stealth fighter. Lockheed Martin and Boeing entered their YF-22, while Northrop entered their YF-23. The YF-23 was faster, and stealthier, but the YF-22 was more agile. Lockheed won the contest in 1991, and the USAF planned to buy 650 aircraft. The YF-22 was the prototype for the F-22.
Production of the F-22 started in 1997, and it was introduced in 2005. The greatest fighter in the world was finally serving it's country, and setting the bar high for other 5th generation stealth fighters that would follow it. Well, that was the plan. The F-22 cost $400 million each, which is twice the price of Europe's Eurofighter. It's not very reliable, and it's terrible in dogfights.
The F-22's role in the USAF is "air superiority," but it doesn't seem to be very superior. That's why the government ended it's production in 2011. Lockheed made 195 out of the original 650 planned.
Pretty satified with the overall shape.
Only the best in the USAF can be pilots
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