It finally happened...after a phenomenal run.

Message posted by Chris McDowell on March 01, 2007 at 10:03:39 PST:

According to Aviation Week, someone got a "kill" on a Raptor at Red Flag this week. Apparently, the F-22 pilot thought the engagement was over, and that the Reds had left the fight. However, a single Aggressor doubled back and was able to sneak in a shot from behind. It was a case of a pilot being pretty lax in his SA, but a kill is a kill.

Someone on another forum mentioned that perhaps this might be the biggest true danger to Raptor pilots in combat: complacency, from growing accustomed to the near-invincibility they've enjoyed in training.

Sorry, I don't have the link handy, but it was the new issue of Aviation Week.

- Chris M.


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