How Many F-22s Did the German Air Force ‘Shoot Down’?

21.09.12

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Typhoon in Alaska. Photo: Air Force

Typhoon in Alaska. Photo: Air Force

by DAVID AXE

The German Air Force flying Eurofighter Typhoons reportedly defeated the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in simulated air combat in Alaska in June. How many F-22s did the Germans “shoot down”?

At least three. In the latest issue of Combat Aircraft, there’s a photo of Typhoon number 30+30 from JG 74 with three F-22 kill markings painted under the cockpit.

It’s not clear how many more F-22s the other Typhoons killed in mock combat … or how many Typhoons the Raptors shot down in return.

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4 Responses to “How Many F-22s Did the German Air Force ‘Shoot Down’?”

  1. Viper says:

    It’s amateur hour if you’re painting simulated kills on your aircraft. Period.

  2. K. says:

    This is so stupid. Why do you propagate such assumptions? You really do some nice work but when it comes to air combat you really hurt your rep with posts like this. Other defense journalists have risen above it or explained why such events are totally useless when evaluating aircraft’s air combat capabilities. Why not elevate the public’s knowledge instead of lowering it?

  3. Paralus says:

    K: quit whining.

    Finding out limitations of our planes is one way to find out how to mitigate them. thanks for the article, Axe.

  4. David says:

    German Eurofighter Typhoons scored at least four kills against the F-22 Raptors out of eight engagements. Get over it, Raptor lovers!

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