F22 Raptor

As the F-22 is a stealth fighter, the engineers wanted to reduce it’s radar cross-section as much as possible. To do this, they put the weapons literally inside the aircraft. So, instead of carrying them in outside pylons, this innovative design reduced the radar cross-section since the weapons are removed from the outside. This also cuts down on air resistance, hence making it more fuel efficient. Here, you can see the missile coming out of the storage compartment. In this image, you can see all of the missile bay doors…

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Fighter jets operational in the US Air Force

177 F-22s 240 F-15Cs, 26 F-15Ds 165 F-15Es 120 F-35As 641 F-16Cs, 150 F-16Ds aswell as other combat aircraft like: 19 B-2s 59 B-1Bs 287 A-10Cs 32 AC-130J/U/Ws 74 B-52s 50 CV-22Bs (used for Combat Search and Rescue) 84 HH-60G/Us (Combat Search and Rescue) US Navy: 18 F-35Cs (13 of them for training) 532 F/A-18E/Fs (131 for training) 155 EA-18Gs (while mostly for radar jamming, just like the old EA-6Bs it replaced, they are also essentially Navy “Wild Weasels”) 41 P-3Cs (4 used for recon) 91 P-8s 508 SH-60s (among…

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