1:72 Scale Metal Diecast – Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor – Length: 10.25" Wingspan: 7.5”
This Raptor model is single seat aircraft and does not includes a pilot figure. The cockpit can open. The landing gear is optional, one can select to display the landing gear in its extended position or to cover the wheel wells as in the inflight position. The bay doors for the weapons compartment are also opened and displaying the internal weapons which include 2 short range AA missiles and 6 medium range AA missiles. A metal stand where the model can be attached for display is included. The stand is made entirely of metal, it is very sturdy and it is held together by a nut/screw assembly. The wheels can roll freely and are quite smooth (so be careful where you put this thing, or it could roll downhill). The fuselage is all metal and really quite heavy.
The maker of the model, Air Force 1, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very clearly defined. The elevator surfaces are movable and the thrust nozzles have some movement up and down imitating the thrust vectoring as in the real airplane.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box measures 12.5 inches by 10.5 inches by 3 inches.
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealthtactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). The result of the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor and was responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems, and final assembly of the F-22, while program partner Boeing provided the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.
The aircraft was variously designated F-22 and F/A-22 prior to formally entering service in December 2005 as the F-22A. Despite a protracted development as well as operational issues, the USAF considers the F-22 a critical component of its tactical air power, and states that the aircraft is unmatched by any known or projected fighter. The Raptor's combination of stealth, aerodynamic performance, and situational awareness gives the aircraft unprecedented air combat capabilities.
The high cost of the aircraft, a lack of clear air-to-air missions due to delays in Russian andChinese fighter programs, a ban on exports, and development of the more versatile and lower cost F-35 led to the end of F-22 production.[N 1] A final procurement tally of 187 operational production aircraft was established in 2009 and the last F-22 was delivered to the USAF in 2012.