If you've never heard a jet engine startup before, then you really need to check out this video.
Back in February 2016, this Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor was gearing up at Nellis Air Force Base before participating in nighttime operations. Everything about the high whine of those jet turbines spinning as well as the flames being spit out the sides like an old hot rod has to be so awesome to witness up close. I mean, this is the closest you can get to something like this without being an active-duty solider.
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For all you fighter jet enthusiasts out there, it turns out that there are plenty of model planes that would be perfect for keeping on the living room mantle or displaying on your bedside table. Sure, they're far from the real thing, but they do make for pretty sweet collectibles.
Take the 1:145 scale die-cast F-22 Raptor from the Postage Stamp collection. At 5 1/2 inches long with a 3 1/2-inch wingspan, this replica comes with a plastic stand, making it ideal for any storage location.
There's also this 1:48 scale F-22 Raptor plastic model kit from Hasegawa. This one's perfect for the avid hobbyist and requires plastic cement and paint for assembly, both of which are sold separately. You'll also need super glue and paint to assemble the plane's photo-etched/metal parts. If you're looking for a project, this is definitely the product for you.
The F-22 is a damn fine plane, but unless you're a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force, you'll probably never get to fly in one. But hey, it never hurts to dream, does it?
This post was originally published on March 22, 2019.