The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team - Soaring Above Limits


F22 Raptor Demonstration Team


The F-22 Raptor is more than just an aircraft. It's a testament to human achievement,
engineering prowess, and the never-ending pursuit of aerial dominance. And when it comes to
showcasing the unparalleled capabilities of this fifth-generation fighter, few do it better than
the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team.

The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, part of the United States Air Force, is an elite group of
pilots and support crews dedicated to showcasing the unique capabilities of the F-22 Raptor.
This team performs at airshows and events around the country, leaving audiences in awe with
their precise maneuvers and raw power displays.

The F-22 demo team doesn't just fly the aircraft; they push it to its limits.

Some signature maneuvers include:
Herbst Maneuver: A pitch-over move that showcases the Raptor's ability to flip over in the blink
of an eye.

Tail Slide: The aircraft pulls into a vertical climb, slows to a near stop, and then slides

High Alpha Pass: Demonstrating the Raptor’s ability to fly at a high angle of attack, where the
nose is pointed up, but the aircraft is moving forward only very slowly.

While the pilots often get the spotlight, it's essential to recognize the dedicated crew members
who ensure the Raptor is always ready for its next flight. Maintenance crews, engineers, and
other support staff are crucial in the day-to-day operations of the team.

Apart from thrilling audiences with breathtaking aerial displays, the F-22 demo team has a
broader mission. Through public appearances and community engagements, they aim to inspire
the next generation of pilots, engineers, and aerospace enthusiasts. Their performances serve
as a reminder of the Air Force's dedication to maintaining air dominance and protecting the

“A Legacy of Excellence”, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team continues a long-standing
tradition of air force demonstration teams, following in the footsteps of the Thunderbirds and
other elite groups. Their commitment to excellence and precision represents the best of the
United States Air Force.

Captain Samuel "Razz" Larson      Witnessing the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team in action is a visceral experience. The roar of
     the engines, the tight maneuvers, and the sheer presence of the F-22 Raptor in the sky is
     something that stays with you. Through their dedication and skills, the team not only
     showcases the power and capabilities of the Raptor but also embodies the spirit of innovation,
     teamwork, and excellence that defines the United States Air Force.

     This past summer during the
Cleveland Air Show I was blessed with the opportunity to interview
     the F-22 Demo teams lead
pilot, Captain Samuel “Razz” Larson. 

     >> Check out the interview below
Captain Samuel "Razz" Larson  


Captain Larson Interview

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