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F-22 Air Dominance Fighter

FULL ADVANTAGE -- In this artist's rendering, an Air Force pilot, flying a Lockheed Martin-Boeing F-22 air dominance fighter, has followed two adversary aircraft that have fled to low altitude in an effort to escape. The American pilot has destroyed one of the "bandits" (the fireball at right) and he then launches an AIM-120C air-to-air missile at the remaining enemy fighter.

Although no beddown locations have been announced for operational F-22s, the fighter in this rendering is notionally marked as an aircraft from the 366th Wing at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. The 366th Wing is assigned to 12th Air Force, Air Combat Comand, and is the Air Force's only air intervention composite wing.

It is shown in a variation of the camouflage scheme currently used on the F-15, the fighter the F-22 will replace after the turn of the century. This paint scheme is one of several similar camouflage patterns that the Air Force is evaluating for use on operational F-22s.

This scene, rendered entirely on computer, was created by taking CATIA (Computer-Aided, Three-dimensional Interactive Application, the primary engineering design tool used on the F-22 program) model data for the airframe and then using Alias/Wavefront® software to build the F-22's skin and the environment. Matador® software was used to "paint" the camouflage and add details to the aircraft.

Steve Moore of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems WARLAB (Warfare Analysis and Research Laboratory) is the artist.

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