TYNDALL RAPTOR’S WILD RIDE!

F-22_4018Check out this incredible plot and track from Flightaware.com that a valued reader sent me! One hell of a journey for this multi-hundred-million-dollar jet! Usually these flights are concealed from the Flightaware database, but sometimes military traffic shows up for one reason or another. Was this Raptor actually descending and ascending at such a rapid rate? Was it testing something? Maybe looking at issues with the aircraft’s environmental system and/or Combat Edge quasi-pressure suit which have been a major issue for program over the last couple of years? Or maybe the strange radar returns and tracks have to do with the different aspects of the aircraft’s stealthy structure and skin in relation to the radar’s antenna at certain directions. For instance, the jet appears very low whenever it points east in the designated area it was maneuvering. Or maybe this was just a training sortie to familiarize pilots with the jet’s handling capabilities and human factors? Who knows, but it is a great find. Love to know your thoughts on it guys…

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Time     Position     Orientation     Groundspeed     Altitude     Reporting Facility
EDT     Latitude     Longitude     Course     Direction     KTS     MPH     feet     Rate     Location/Type
11:25AM     30.0700     -85.5765     23°     Northeast                  Level     Estimated
11:26AM     30.0700     -85.5765     24°     Northeast                  Level     Estimated
11:27AM     30.0700     -85.5765     22°     Northeast                  Level     Estimated
11:27AM     30.5856     -85.2236     24°     Northeast     476     548     23,000      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:28AM     30.0700     -85.5765     12°     North                  Level     Estimated
11:28AM     30.5717     -85.0664     96°     East     482     555     23,000      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:29AM     30.0700     -85.5765     25°     Northeast                  Level     Estimated
11:29AM     30.5658     -84.9069     92°     East     495     570     23,000      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:30AM     30.0700     -85.5765     23°     Northeast                  Level     Estimated
11:30AM     30.6225     -84.7586     66°     East     480     552     23,100      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:31AM     30.0700     -85.5765     23°     Northeast                  Level     Estimated
11:31AM     30.6789     -84.6050     67°     East     492     566     23,000      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:32AM     30.0700     -85.5765     24°     Northeast                  Level     Estimated
11:32AM     30.7264     -84.4756     67°     East     492     566     23,000      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:33AM     30.7825     -84.3289     66°     East     497     572     23,000     -60 Level     Jacksonville Center
11:34AM     30.8361     -84.1894     66°     East     486     559     22,900     -60 Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:35AM     30.8939     -84.0400     66°     East     488     562     22,900     -600 Level     Jacksonville Center
11:36AM     30.9517     -83.8978     65°     Northeast     498     573     21,700     -2,580 Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:37AM     31.0069     -83.7481     67°     East     470     541     17,700     -3,720 Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:38AM     31.0536     -83.6250     66°     East     438     504     14,300     -3,420 Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:39AM     31.1003     -83.5039     66°     East     391     450     10,900     4,200 Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:40AM     30.9175     -83.9797     246°     West     492     566     22,900     5,880 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:41AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:42AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:43AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:44AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:45AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:46AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900     -12,660 Level     Jacksonville Center
11:46AM     31.2183     -83.1939     66°     East     287     330     7,100      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:47AM     30.9175     -83.9797     246°     West     492     566     22,900     -2,580 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:47AM     31.1389     -83.1911     72°     East     273     314     4,500      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:48AM     30.9175     -83.9797     252°     West     492     566     22,900     -2,400 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:48AM     31.0681     -83.1908     77°     East     265     305     2,100      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:49AM     30.9175     -83.9797     258°     West     492     566     22,900     -1,140 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:49AM     31.0158     -83.1908     82°     East     174     200     1,000      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:50AM     30.9175     -83.9797     262°     West     492     566     22,900     180 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:50AM     30.9594     -83.1931     86°     East     231     266     1,200      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:51AM     30.9175     -83.9797     267°     West     492     566     22,900     1,560 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:51AM     30.9050     -83.1661     91°     East     254     292     2,800      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:52AM     30.9175     -83.9797     271°     West     492     566     22,900     240 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:52AM     30.9575     -83.1156     87°     East     256     295     3,100      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:53AM     30.9175     -83.9797     267°     West     492     566     22,900     11,760 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:54AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:55AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
11:56AM     30.9175     -83.9797     270°     West     492     566     22,900     -16,080 Level     Jacksonville Center
11:56AM     31.1619     -83.1742     70°     East     269     310     2,800      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:57AM     30.9175     -83.9797     251°     West     492     566     22,900     -900 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:57AM     31.0931     -83.1886     75°     East     241     277     1,900      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:58AM     30.9175     -83.9797     256°     West     492     566     22,900     -420 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:58AM     31.0450     -83.1883     79°     East     177     204     1,500      Descending     Jacksonville Center
11:59AM     30.9175     -83.9797     260°     West     492     566     22,900     -720 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
11:59AM     30.9969     -83.1906     83°     East     163     188     800      Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:00PM     30.9175     -83.9797     264°     West     492     566     22,900     660 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:00PM     30.9342     -83.1928     88°     East     250     288     1,500      Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:01PM     30.9175     -83.9797     269°     West     492     566     22,900     5,100 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:01PM     30.8403     -83.2072     96°     East     367     422     6,700      Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:02PM     30.9175     -83.9797     277°     West     492     566     22,900     7,080 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:02PM     30.7753     -83.3278     104°     East     440     506     13,900     -4,740 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:03PM     30.7519     -83.4075     251°     West     449     517     18,200     6,420 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:03PM     30.7267     -83.4847     249°     West     454     522     21,000     3,660 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:04PM     30.7094     -83.5450     252°     West     480     552     21,900     540 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:05PM     30.6628     -83.6944     250°     West     479     551     21,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
12:06PM     30.6200     -83.8267     249°     West     455     524     21,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
12:07PM     30.5794     -83.9592     250°     West     447     514     21,900      Level     Jacksonville Center
12:08PM     30.5469     -84.0769     252°     West     441     507     22,000      Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:09PM     30.5019     -84.2067     248°     West     441     507     21,900     -900 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:10PM     30.4631     -84.3386     251°     West     441     507     20,300     -4,980 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:11PM     30.4172     -84.4847     250°     West     441     507     12,000     -4,200 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:12PM     30.3781     -84.6167     251°     West     441     507     12,000     300 Level     Jacksonville Center
12:13PM     30.3414     -84.7075     245°     Southwest     431     496     12,700     60 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:14PM     30.3039     -84.8342     251°     West     437     503     12,200     -360 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:15PM     30.2664     -84.9633     251°     West     431     496     12,000     -660 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:16PM     30.2394     -85.0828     255°     West     412     474     10,900      Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:17PM     30.2292     -85.1883     264°     West     352     405     12,000     -3,000 Climbing     Jacksonville Center
12:18PM     30.2231     -85.2964     266°     West     339     390     5,000     -4,380 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:19PM     30.2275     -85.3881     273°     West     311     358     3,300     -960 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:20PM     30.2361     -85.4747     277°     West     290     334     3,100     -540 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:21PM     30.2469     -85.5617     278°     West     279     321     2,300     -660 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:22PM     30.2494     -85.6458     272°     West     274     315     1,800     -300 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:23PM     30.2042     -85.7022     227°     Southwest     232     267     1,700     -120 Descending     Jacksonville Center
12:25PM     30.0771     -85.5769     140°     Southeast                  Level     FlightAware Approximate
12:32PM     30.0667     -85.5667     161°     South                  Level     FlightAware Approximate
12:33PM     30.0700     -85.5765     161°     South                  Level     Estimated
12:34PM     30.0700     -85.5765     161°     South                  Level     Estimated
12:35PM     30.0700     -85.5765     161°     South                  Level     Estimated
12:36PM     30.0700     -85.5765     161°     South                  Level     Estimated
12:37PM     30.0700     -85.5765     161°     South                  Level     Estimated

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/HORNT01/history/20130417/1530Z/KPAM/KPAM

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4 Responses to TYNDALL RAPTOR’S WILD RIDE!

  1. Johan Grön says:

    Perhaps it had a Lüneburg lens to return on radar?

  2. RBBailey says:

    Presuming this is not an actual radar track. Could it be fooli g around with some kind of position projection transponder? I don’t know if there is such a thing, or why they wouldn’t have such a thing.

  3. anon says:

    “Sir, the radar, sir…it appears to be….jammed.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcArnepkhv0

    Apparently Raptors have the Raspberry now.

  4. yup says:

    they could have been testing off axis returns at different approach angles… or maybe prepping for Iran by testing radar visibility when dropping the new advanced penetrator….

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