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More: Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
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A visitor from - posted Thu December 31, 2015:
Very nice close-in capture that makes the a/c feel very close and very real in this high-alpha turn. Answering the query from a few years ago (!) the ailerons do double duty as elevators (so correctly they'd be called "elevons" I guess). Concorde (built in the 60s) had the same system for its trailing edge - the ailerons could act also as elevators and indeed flaps (flaperons) as the situation demanded, the deflections were just a clever compromise between all those needs. This, and its ability to alter CofG using fuel transfers, made Concorde very manoeuverable, handling the JFK noise abatement departures wih ease. Nowadays we have more powerful computer systems to make this happen, but the principles are very old.

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 1, 2012:
"One of the best"? Perhaps you can tells us "one that's better"? Fantastic photograph, Joe !

A visitor from - posted Sun May 24, 2009:
The texture and paint they use for the aircraft make it look so soft! When describing this plan to others, i really can't put into perspective how awesome it is, so i'll just show them this photo. Great Job!

A visitor from United States posted Wed October 1, 2008:
Very nice. Water vapor, afterburner trail and great detail. I agree...one of the best.

A visitor from Denmark posted Mon September 29, 2008:
Ironman eats these for breakfast.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon September 29, 2008:
Very nice; the clouds on the wing and the afterburner let me think: THIS is TH

A visitor from - posted Sun September 28, 2008:
Absolutely fantastic! One of the best!

A visitor from Trinidad And Tobago posted Sun September 28, 2008:
Good question... why are both ailerons up??.... cool pic though

A visitor from Argentina posted Sun September 28, 2008:
It's just aerodynamic. In that point the aircraft its like a rocket, so the aileron become in a elevator and when the aircraft fly slower become again in a aileron, just like that. A wonderful aircraft. I'm from Argentina ;)

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 28, 2008:
Why is both the right and left aileron up?

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 28, 2008:
The aircraft

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