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"You sure know your aircraft. This is one of the most advanced stealth fighters ever - literally the best of the best."
Harry's description of this plane in the shop.

The Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Raptor (Called the F-22 Raptor in the first two Airforce Delta games) is one of the most advanced fighters ever created in modern times. Created as part of the Advanced Tactical Fighter program (under the unofficial codename YF-22 Lightning II), it eventually won the program and became one of the most infamous fighters designed. It appears in all three Airforce Delta games.

Design (All games)

The design of the craft is, of course, very iconic; Wide wings, angled rear-canards, and thrust-vectoring nozzles.

Strangely, in the first game, it has an antennae on the nose of the aircraft, anomalous to the real life Raptor. Later games removed this.

Performance

Airforce Delta

The best aircraft in the game, hands down. All of its stats are amazing, with its worst being Defense (which is merely "medium-high"). And that's small potatoes considering its speed and power are maximum, and its mobility is joint-tied for being the highest in the game, alongside the Su-47 Berkut (Which is in itself inferior to the Raptor in other departments). As a result, once it's unlocked, this should be your aircraft of choice, unless you don't wanna be cheap and want a challenge. It is unlocked exactly 3/4ths of the way through the game.

Airforce Delta Storm

Stats are somewhat similar to its original incarnation, though ever so slightly worse in some departments (Attack is fairly average, and Speed is slightly worse than in the original game). Defense is improved, however. It's unlocked in the second-half of the game, and will definitely be a plane of choice until the likes of the MiG-1.44 MFI are unlocked.

Airforce Delta Strike

An aircraft for Ken Thomas. Stats this time around are nerfed - Its only stat that is maximum is Thrust, and others are decently high. Oddly, the YF-23A is superior in it to many regards, with the exception of Defense. However, that plane is exclusive to Ruth Valentine, so that's not as important. This plane is a very above average plane, but it has problems. Namely, the internal-bomb bays makes it awkward for it to fire its weapons rapidly; you'll generally only fire two missiles at a time because of this. However, it does possess vulcans, which can help. Otherwise, if you really dislike the internal bomb-bays getting in the way of your attacking, you may want to consider something else for Ken, like the MFI or the S-55 LFS.

Statistics

Airforce Delta

Speed: Maximum

Power: Maximum

Defense: Medium-high

Mobility: Very high

Airforce Delta Storm

Attack: Medium-high

Defense: High

Speed: Very high

Power: Maximum

Mobility: Very high

Missile: 67

Ability: Stealth

Range: 3

(There are no differences in stats between the US and PAL versions.)

Airforce Delta Strike

(Clockwise starting from top)

Anti Air Attack: High

Mobility: High

Defense: High (3300 HP)

Anti Ground Attack: Medium-high

Thrust: Maximum

Speed: Medium-high

Enemy Appearances (Missions)

Airforce Delta

Gallery

Airforce Delta

Airforce Delta Storm

Airforce Delta Strike

Trivia

  • This aircraft only appears as an enemy in the first game; in every other game in the series, it is strictly used by allied characters (Though fictional variants do appear as enemies in Airforce Delta Storm).
  • This is the only plane in the series to have two different enemy paint jobs appear in the same mission; in The True Island Fortress, there is a single mahogany black target F/A-22, and two deep blue optional F/A-22s. This never happens anywhere else in the series.