The F-22 Raptor Demo Team has just released a video. And it’s simply stunning.
The F-22 Raptor Demo Team is the world’s first 5th generation dedicated combat aircraft demonstration unit and remains the only solo jet, twin-engine, vectored-thrust demonstration unit in the world. The team is based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and is commanded Maj. Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson, who has taken over the role of Demo Team leader from Maj. Paul “Loco” Lopez. Cabo comes from a previous assignment at the 90th Fighter Squadron “Pair ‘O Dice” based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. And it’s right there, at JBER, that the latest Demo Team’s video was filmed.
Dubbed “INSANE F-22 Raptor Hype Video”, the new footage just released by the Team on their Youtube channel shows the F-22 as you’ve never seen it before: not only from inside the cockpit with a 360-degree camera, but also from a helicopter, for the first time ever. The slow motion footage, showing the 5th generation jet maneuvering over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson as part of JBER Salutes in March 2020 is really awesome.
Although most of the airshows this year were cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the pandemic has not completely prevented the F-22 Raptor Demo team to perform some displays at the few airshows which have been held in a “drive in” format with cars, filled with people in attendance, like the New York International “Drive In” Air Show at the end of August, or the 2020 Wings Over Houston Air Show and Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show last month.
While we wait to return to the old-style airshows in presence (hopefully starting from the 2021 airshow season thanks to the vaccine that is making the news these day), let’s enjoy this stunning new footage. And if you like watching the whole F-22 display in full 360 virtual reality, here it is: