USAF F-22 Demo Team show during 2019 Dubai Airshow opening day


DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) – The past years we were often amazed on YouTube by all the mind-blowing maneuvers of Russian fighter jets at the MAKS Airshow in Russia, performed by amazing and high maneuverable fighter jets like the Su-30, Su35, Su-37 and Su-57, with their thrust-vectoring engines. Well, the star of the 2019 edition of the Dubai Airshow in the UAE – the F-22 – can perform all those maneuvers too. The USAF F-22 Demo Team performed an exhilirating demo and showed to the world what this awesome 5th Gen fighter jet is capable of, as you can watch in the next videos!

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The F-22 wows the crowd with an amazing Kulbit maneuver at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. Video: Defense News

The past years people in the U.S. and Europe were often wondering what 5th Gen fighter jets like the F-22 and F-35 are really capable of, when talking about maneuverability in relation to dogfights. Although the need for dogfights has changed nowadays with the F-22 and especially the F-35, a flying computer with a powerful radar and amazing systems. People still wonder though if they have any chance in dogfights against the highly-maneuverable Russian fighters.

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The complete demo of the USAF F-22 Demo Team at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. Video: Aviation International News

If you search well enough on YouTube, you will find videos of F-22 demos with awesome maneuvers that only a few Russian fighter jets can perform, like the Cobra, High Alpha Loop and Pedal Turn (Flat Spin), High Alpha Slow Pass, and the Kulbit maneuver.

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A 13-year-old video of the F-22 demo at the 2006 Elmendorf AFB Airshow, where the Raptor pilot demonstrates the Cobra, Kulbit, High Alpha Loop, Pedal Turn, and High Alpha Pass. Video: Tonkatsu 298

The F-22 also has thrust-vectoring engines like the latest Russian Sukhoi fighters and it also can perform these maneuvers, where the F-35 – without thrust-vectoring engines – has only performed the High Alpha Loop and Pedal Turn so far (for the first time at the Paris Airshow 2017).

By watching USAF Lt. Col. Paul Lopez’ (F-22 Raptor Demo Team commander) demo at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, it’s clear once and for all that the Russians are not the only ones who can perform these dazzling maneuvers.

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The USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team arrives on November 14, 2019 for the Dubai International Air Show. Photo: USAF / 2nd Lt.Samuel Eckholm

Let’s hope the USAF F-35 Demo Team will show us what the F-35 is really capable of (in dogfights) during the coming years at airshows around the world, when new software upgrades will be implemented in the 5th Gen stealth fighter jet.


(Head image: USAF / Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

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