The Secret Way To Bring Down an F-22 or F-35

The Secret Way To Bring Down an F-22 or F-35

Dario Leone


At least for a training mission.

During the exercise the fighters played different roles: while the French and Royal air forces’ fourth-generation fighters act as the linebackers bringing a larger fleet and a heavy load of weapons, the F-22 and F-35 act as running-backs and quarterbacks, bringing a stealth aspect but specializing in different areas.

The 27th Fighter Training Squadron’s (FTS) T-38 Talon played the role of the opposing force for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) fifth-generation aircraft and partnering nations’ fourth-generation aircraft, during the recent allied exercise, Atlantic Trident 17.

Even though as we have recently explained challenging the F-22 and F-35 is almost impossible, as reported by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard, 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs, in the article Art of War: fifth-gen, allies train to defeat future adversaries, through their mass in numbers and understanding, the red air adversarieswere able to pose a credible threat to the latest cutting edge fighters that took part in the exercise.

The drill in fact featured the U.K. Eurofighter Typhoon, and the French Dassault Rafale along with the U.S. F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, while U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagles flanked the T-38 Talons in playing the roles of adversary aircraft.

“Having a former (F-22) Raptor pilot flying the T-38 essentially allows them to get inside our brains a little bit; they know where a good plan could fail,” said Capt. Michael, a 94th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor pilot. “For me, and I think any blue pilot in general, when you see a lot of adversaries out there, you have that, ‘Alright, here we go,’ moment. It’s a problem to solve and that’s what we like doing, solving problems out there.”

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