Air Combat in the 21st Century
Although not officially named, the flight test crew of the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) have aptly called the deadly fighter, The Raptor. See the sleek gray champion of Air Combat of the 21st Century. The F22 Raptor, tomorrow's fighter today.
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