F-22 performs first-ever air-to-air 'kill' - analysis


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F-22 performs first-ever air-to-air 'kill' - analysis
The F-22 Raptor was used to shoot down a balloon that made its way across the continental United States from China.
Published: FEBRUARY 5, 2023

The shooting down of an alleged Chinese giant spy balloon was done by an F-22 Raptor off the coast of South Carolina. “An F-22 Raptor fighter from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, fired one AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at the balloon,” the US Space Force website reported. “The balloon fell approximately six miles off the coast in about 47 feet of water,” the report said. “No one was hurt.”

In addition, the US military said the shooting down took place somewhere between 60,000 and 65,000 feet, and the F-22 fired its missile at 58,000 feet.

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Does that plane now have a "weather balloon" stenciled on it? :lol
(shame on the big bad Air Force for picking on a poor, "innocent," defenseless "weather balloon" :sarcasm

Bet the crew gets some teasing (in addition to all the :thumbup :lol