|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):|
All weapons are inside the weapons bays on each side of the airplane.
|Quoting Spacepope (Reply 3):|
The other point was that some members were contesting whether the F-16C/D were ever fitted with CFTs. The F-16E/F/I (latest blocks) are delivered with CFT capability, but I have never seen an older block C/D fitted with them, espescially from the USAF.
|Quoting Okelleynyc (Reply 4):|
But just for clarity, the very fist F-16 with conformal tanks was a C model used by Lockheed during the development of the system.
|Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 5):|
Whats a conformal tank, pray tell?
|Quoting Spacepope (Reply 3):|
|Quoting Sovietjet (Reply 12):|
How stealth is the F-22? I don't see it as much of a stealth fighter...
|Quoting Oroka (Reply 16):|
but wouldnt that alter the flight characteristics of the wing?
|Quoting Cloudy (Reply 13):|
The reason we can now have stealth without much penalty in performance is because of increased computer power. We can now create stealthy shapes that are also aerodynamically efficient. That is also why the F-22 does not look like the F-117
|Quoting Flyf15 (Reply 17):|
I actually had the thought when I was looking at those droptanks. Make them a stealthy shape and stick an AMRAAM in them, for example. If it can carry droptanks, I doubt that weapons pods would change anything.
I'm also sure that the seam could be taken care of easily. There are lots of seams like that on the aircraft... think about the spaces around the control surfaces, landing gear doors, canopy, etc.
|Quoting Flyf15 (Reply 15):|
So as I was watching that video above, I got to thinking. Why can't stealthy pods be made to hang from the hardpoints? Kind of like, removable weapons bays.
|Quoting Sovietjet (Reply 18):|
Interesting. I just can't see it though I mean yea I know it's there if it's been researched and proven but the F-22 looks as sleek as alot of other current fighters that aren't stealth. And while it made sense on the F-117 that all the panels were made to reflect the radar in other directions the F-22 seems just like a round, aerodynamic sleek plane that can't do that. I just gotta get used to it and accept it as stealth I guess
|Quoting Checksixx (Reply 22):|
While your trying to figure out how the plane itself is stealthy, think "paint"...thats all I'm willing to say.
|Quoting Oroka (Reply 23):|
Yes. that is a factor in the Raptor's stealth ability, but not its only stealth feature. If it was as easy as that, everything would get coated in that stuff. They are very careful with working around the skin of the F-117 and F-22A... a scratch in this radar asorbing paint material would increase the aircrafts radar signature. In the end, it is paint that comes in other flavours.
|Quoting Okelleynyc (Reply 25):|
Did I read somewhere that the F-117 was originally to have been painted pink? Apparently they found that it provided a limited optical stealth capability for daytime sorties? But the airforce mandated that it be painted black so that it would never be considered for daytime ops? Apparently black is pretty visible in a daytime sky? Does this ring a bell with anyone or is it just urban legend?
|Quoting Checksixx (Reply 24):|
Raptor and F-117 skin are completely different. Not even in the same class. Paint had nothing to do with the F-117
A new type of paint, or topcoat, increases the F-22 Raptor's stealthiness by reducing its vulnerability to infrared threats. To meet F-22 requirements, Boeing developed the topcoat to protect the aircraft against a broad range of wavelengths. The new paint replaces conventional topcoats, performing all the required environmentally protective functions while also reducing the aircraft's vulnerability to detection. The topcoat does not add to the F-22's weight, and provides performance enhancement at a very modest cost.
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