As fate would have it, the company behind the Raptor, Lockheed Martin, ended up making exactly 195 of them, 186 operational planes, and 9 for testing purposes. The American military is the only one fielding them, and it plans to keep doing so at least until the 2040s.
Despite the problems it faced over the years, the F-22 is an incredible machine. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines, it is capable of reaching speeds of Mach 2 (1,534 mph/2,469 kph), and can fly at altitudes of over 50,000 feet (15 km). It can also fly for up to 1,841 miles (2,962 km) without the need for refueling.
With an estimated cost of $334 million, including research and development, the Raptor is a valuable toy to have around. For that reason, and because pilots needs to be safe while operating them, a lot of prep work is performed before every of the Raptors’ outings.
Exactly how much prep work can be seen in the video below. It was shot by two airmen at an undisclosed military base and published at the end of August by Military in Action, and it shows the plane’s preflight checks, but also the moment it takes off.
You can enjoy the 10-minute clip below, but beware, there’s more than a single Raptor in there.