Monthly Archives: September 2013

Lost and Found – September 30th Edition

What to remember about September 30th…

  • 1889  Wyoming becomes 1st state to approve a constitution that guarantees women the right to vote
  • 1927  Babe Ruth becomes 1st baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a single season
  • 1938  French and British prime ministers sign pact with Hitler giving him Czechoslovakia for a promise of peace
  • 1949  After 15 months, the Berlin airlift comes to an end
  • 1954  USS Nautilus is commissioned; worlds 1st nuclear submarine
  • 1955  American actor James Dean dies in a car crash
  • 1975  AH-64 Apache attack helicopter makes its 1st flight
  • 2005  A Danish newspaper publishes 12 editorial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, months later Islamic clerics use drawings to incite violence and rioting around the world (see them here)

Warbirds – F-22 Raptor

Today’s Warbirds article is on America’s first operational 5th generation fighter aircraft – the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.  Her first flight occurred on 7 September, 1997.

F-22 Raptor wireframe

Initial development of the aircraft was under the moniker YF-22.  It was Lockheed Martin’s entry into the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition.  Though Northrop’s YF-23 was stealthier and faster, the agility of the YF-22 (and possibly the adaptability to carrier operations) won out.  In 1991, the Secretary of the Air Force announced that the Raptor had won the competition and that he would recommend an order of 650 to 750 of the aircraft.

f-22 raptor Wallpaper

Produced at the Lockheed plant in Marietta, Georgia, the first production F-22 was delivered to Nellis AFB in Nevada in January of 2003.  Because of design changes made during development and production as well as rising costs, the Air Force reduced its announced requirement of aircraft to 381 in 2006.  Weight increased and capabilities were dropped; all in the name of cost efficiency.  Also, to garner wider support from Congress, subcontractors in 46 states were granted contracts for components for the aircraft.  It took roughly 1000 contractors and 95,000 workers to produce just two aircraft per month.  this production complexity led to even higher costs and more production delays.  In the end, from the initial order of 750 aircraft with a total cost of $26.2 billion, the Air Force would acquire only 187 Raptors for $66.7 billion.

F-22 Raptor weapon systems 2

The F-22 Raptor has 3 internal weapons bays that help maintain its stealthy mission profile.  It can carry six compressed-carriage medium range missiles in the center bay and one short-range missile in each of the two side bays. Four of the medium range missiles can be replaced with two bomb racks that can each carry one medium-size bomb or four small diameter bombs.  A key feature of this design is to allow weapons launch while maintaining super cruise speeds.  The aircraft does incorporate 4 additional hardpoints on the wings with 5000 pounds of carrying capacity.  However, use of weapons or fuel tanks on these mounts detrimentally affects maneuverability, speed, and stealth.


By late 2005, the Raptor had reached its Initial Operational Capability.  Deployments began in 2007 with the stationing of 6 F-22’s from Hickam AFB in Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan.  However, computer malfunctions occurred as they crossed the international date line causing the aircraft to return home for 2 days of software upgrades.  Later overseas deployments would include Kadena in Japan, Osan AB in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and other undisclosed locations in the middle east.  To this date, not confirmed combat participation by an F-22 has taken place.

F-22 Raptor countermeasures

Even today, bugs continue to plague the Raptor.  Cost per flight hour exceeds $68,000 and they require more than 10 hours of maintenance per hour of flight.  Though the stealth coatings on the aircraft are more durable than previous aircraft, a short deployment to Guam revealed numerous electronic failures caused by rain.  Most concerning of all are the reported hypoxia-like symptoms described by Raptor pilots during high gee maneuvering.  In 2012 Lockheed was awarded a contract to install a supplemental oxygen system to mitigate the problem.

F-22 Raptor crash

Initially touted as the next generation replacement for the F-117 Nighthawk, the F-22 Raptor program is already winding down.  The assembly line  at Lockheed is closed and the plans for the aircraft have been digitized and put away into secure archives.  As the F-35 is still non-operational, the services have fallen back on plans to repair their ageing F-15s and upgrading their F/A-18s.  Hopefully the existing fleet of F-22’s will be able to hold the line against the emerging threat of new Russian and Chinese 5th generation aircraft.

F-22 Raptor sun on the horizon

Here is some cool HD video of the F-22 in action.

And here is the Battle Stations video detailing the history of the F-22 Raptor.

If you want to see more great photos of the Raptor, check out the archives at .  Details on specifications and capabilities can be found on the Federation of American Scientists website.

Lost and Found – September 29th Edition

What to remember about September 29th…

  • 1780  John André, British spy and accomplice of Benedict Arnold is convicted and sentenced to hang
  • 1902  Cornerstone of Washington National Cathedral is laid; construction is finally completed on same date in 1990
  • 1918  Allied forces breach the Hindenburg Line; last of the German defenses on the Western Front
  • 1939  After the invasion of Poland, Germany and the Soviet Union agree to divide control of the country between them
  • 1966  The Chevrolet Camaro officially goes on sale at dealerships
  • 1982  The 1st of 7 victims dies in the Chicago Tylenol poisonings
  • 1988  Mountain climber Stacy Allison becomes 1st American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
  • 1988  Space Shuttle program resumes after Challenger disaster with launch of Discovery
  • 1990  YF-22 flies for the 1st time; becomes finalist in the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition; developed into the F-22 Raptor
  • 2005  Senate confirms John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2006  U.S. Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor dies in Iraq; he will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his selfless actions

Lost and Found – September 28th Edition

What to remember about September 28th…

  • 1781  Battle of Yorktown, Virginia begins; end of the siege will effectively leave America in the hands of the colonists
  • 1787  Congress votes to send the newly signed Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for approval
  • 1891  American author Herman Melville dies in New York City
  • 1918  Flu epidemic strikes Philadelphia killing nearly 12,000; worldwide deaths will reach 20 million
  • 1928  Through a laboratory accident, Dr. Alexander Flemming discovers the antibiotic penicillin
  • 1995  President Bill Clinton presides over signing of the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement (Oslo 2) by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
  • 2008  SpaceX successfully launches the Falcon 1, the first ever private spacecraft

Oh No! They’re Going To Shut Down The Government!

With predictions of ruin and disaster coming from the left and the main-stream media, a possible government shutdown looms ahead.

So what?

govt shutdown

government shutdown fizzle

Governmwnt Shutdown People Would Revolt

Government Shutdown Results


Lost and Found – September 27th Edition

What to remember about September 27th…

  • 1722  American revolutionary leader Samuel Adams is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1803)
  • 1777  Lancaster, Pennsylvania is capital of United States for one day as Congress meets there while fleeing from Philadelphia
  • 1779  Continental Congress appoints John Adams to negotiate treaties for America in Europe
  • 1854  Luxury ship Arctic strikes steamer Vesta in fog off Newfoundland; 322 die in the 1st modern naval disaster
  • 1938  President Franklin Roosevelt writes to Chancellor Adolf Hitler in an appeal for peace
  • 1941 SS Patrick Henry is launched; she is the 1st of more than 2700 Liberty ships that will be built for WWII
  • 1954  The Tonight Show debuts on television; Steve Allen is the 1st of many hosts
  • 1979  Congress establishes the Department of Education as the 13th Cabinet position
  • 1994  Over 350 Republican congressional candidates sign the 10-point Contract with America
  • 1997  NASA loses contact with Sojourner rover; historical Mars Pathfinder mission comes to an end

samuel adams gun rights quote

Lost and Found – September 26th Edition

What to remember about September 26th…

  • 1774  Pioneer nurseryman and American legend John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman is born in Leominster, Massachusetts
  • 1789  John Jay is appointed the 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1820  Legendary American Pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone dies at home in bed near Defiance, Missouri (b. 1734)
  • 1898  American composer and musician George Gershwin is born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1944  Allied Operation Market Garden fails to capture Danish bridges over the Rheine River; only 3 in 10 escape
  • 1945  U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Peter Dewey is the 1st American soldier to be killed by Ho Chi Minh’s troops in Vietnam
  • 1960  1st televised presidential debate in U.S. is held in Chicago between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy
  • 2008  American actor, director, and businessman Paul Newman dies of cancer (b. 1925)
  • 2008  Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes 1st person to fly a jet engine powered wing across English Channel; flight takes 9 minutes and reaches 186mph

Johnny Appleseed Chapman grave

Lost and Found – September 25th Edition

What to remember about September 25th…

  • 1775  Colonial Army Colonel Ethan Allen is captured after failed attack on British-controlled Montreal; sent to England for execution
  • 1789  1st Congress of the United States passes 12 amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights; 10 of the 12 will be ratified by the states by 1791
  • 1897  American author and Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner is born near Oxford; Mississippi
  • 1919  President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke while campaigning for passage of the Treaty of Versailles and U.S. entry into the League of Nations; measure never passes, Wilson is left altered and debilitated
  • 1929  American aviation pioneer and Medal of Honor winner Jimmy Doolittle takes a blind flight; proves that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible
  • 1942  Swiss police are instructed to deny entry to Jewish refugees
  • 1944  Surviving elements of British 1st Airborne withdraw from the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden
  • 1957  300 federal troops force the desegregation Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas after mobs threaten children
  • 1981  Sandra Day O’Connor is sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice and the first female Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1992  12-year-old Gregory Kingsley is granted a divorce from his biological parents by a judge in Orlando, FL

Lost and Found – September 24th Edition

What to remember about September 24th…

  • 622   Prophet Muhammad completes his journey of escape from Mecca to Medina ahead of threat; history of Islam begins (traditional)
  • 1780  Traitor Benedict Arnold flees to the British lines
  • 1789  Congress passes the 1st Judiciary Act; establishes the office of Attorney General and federal court system
  • 1890  Leadership of the Mormon church officially renounces polygamy
  • 1896  American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald is born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1940)
  • 1906  President Theodore Roosevelt declares Devils Tower in Wyoming to be 1st National Monument
  • 1957  President Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Littlerock, Arkansas to enforce desegregation
  • 1964  Warren Commission delivers their report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to President Lyndon Johnson
  • 1979  Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service and the first public electronic mail service
  • 1991  American children’s writer Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel dies (b 1904)

Lost and Found – September 23rd Edition

What to remember about September 23rd…

  • 1779  John Paul Jones captains U.S. ship Bonhomme Richard to victory over 2 British warships, when asked to surrender he says famously “I have not yet begun to fight
  • 1780 British Major John André is arrested as a spy by American soldiers, Benedict Arnold’s exposed as a traitor
  • 1806  Lewis and Clark expedition returns from their two and a half year exploration of the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1908  Chicago Cubs win pennant versus New York Giants with controversial call at second base
  • 1941  The first gas chamber experiments are conducted at Auschwitz
  • 1949  American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen is born
  • 1969  Trial of the “Chicago 8” begins over the violent protests at the Democratic National Convention
  • 2009  Fidel Castro praises President Barack Obama for his apology before the United Nations over global climate change

castro loves obama