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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Raptor on Short Final

This F-22 from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB in Virginia is almost over the runway at D-M. The mountains in the background are the Santa Catalinas and the small white speck on the ridgeline at the lower left is the top of the old Army Radome near the peak of Mt. Lemmon.

The F-22 is an amazingly quiet aircraft. during several low passes, the pilot kicked in the afterburners to climb back up to pattern altitude. It was quieter than other jet aricraft operating at high power settings without their afterburners lit!

Canon 20D - 1/1000th second, 300mm @ f/ 8, ISO 200

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