Stunning Video Shows USAF Pilot Perform Mind-Blowing Maneuvers in F-22 Raptor [VIDEO]

Since first entering the public sphere, the F-22 Raptor has been unanimously considered the King of the Skies – the undisputed best air to air fighter in the world. Even two decades after entering service, the Raptor stands head and shoulders above the competition, in no small part due to it’s mind bending maneuverability.

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That maneuverability was on full display during an airshow where one intrepid fan was able to film and track the Raptor through just a taste of what it is capable of thanks to it’s thrust vectoring capability. According to Wikipedia:

Thrust vectoring, also thrust vector control or TVC, is the ability of an aircraft, rocket, or other vehicle to manipulate the direction of the thrust from its engine(s) or motor(s) in order to control the attitude or angular velocity of the vehicle.

For aircraft, the method was originally envisaged to provide upward vertical thrust as a means to give aircraft vertical (VTOL) or short (STOL) takeoff and landing ability. Subsequently, it was realized that using vectored thrust in combat situations enabled aircraft to perform various maneuvers not available to conventional-engined planes. To perform turns, aircraft that use no thrust vectoring must rely on aerodynamic control surfaces only, such as ailerons or elevator; craft with vectoring must still use control surfaces, but to a lesser extent.

In the stunning footage, the F-22 Raptor performs what is known as a “falling leaf” maneuver, where it spins, drifts, and falls more like caught in the wind that a 20-ton, 150 million dollar fighter jet. Just as it seems to be going on too long, the massive Pratt & Whitney F119 turbofans kick in and the fighter darts off, leaving the cameraman struggling to keep track momentarily.

Throughout the history of dogfighting, speed has equaled survivability, but good luck telling that to the enemy of an F-22 Raptor seeing it make hairpin turns that are more familiar to drifting in the Fast and the Furious than to flying in Top Gun.

If Maverick hit the brakes so they’d fly right by, he’d be in for one hell of a surprise. Check it out here: