Why the F-22 Raptor Is Such a Badass Plane?

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Why the F-22 Raptor Is Such a Badass Plane? – The F-22 was born of the Cold War. In the early 1980s, the Air Force wanted what it called the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF), a new air superiority fighter to replace the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Falcon. It was a response to the Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker that threatened American air dominance.
Two teams formed. One was made up of Lockheed, Boeing, and General Dynamics, while Northrop and McDonnell Douglas constituted the competition. A competitive four-year demonstration followed, culminating in the flight test of two demonstration prototypes, the YF-22 and YF-23. The Lockheed-led team used thrust-vectoring nozzles on its YF-22 for enhanced maneuverability in dogfights. The Northrop team, meanwhile, prioritized stealth and supercruise (prolonged supersonic flight without the use of afterburners).