The American King is back; bigger, better, and more lethal than ever before. Meet the new upgraded F-22 Raptor: the world’s first fifth-generation fighter set to become the first sixth-generation fighter too - packed with a line of technologies that no other nation has access to; not China, not Russia, and not even allies of the United States - the Raptor has always been too special to be shared. And with the fighter now upgraded in the sixth-generation NGAD program, it just got even more special. F-22 is such a great plane, but just so expensive, and never reached scale. We build this apex predator, then realized there wasn’t a mission for it anymore. Nearly 20 years in service, and has no equal. I’m glad we still have it. I can see why we never marketed it abroad. It was simply too advanced to share. There’s something special inside this plane. in the early 90's i co-owned a high-end computer graphics company in Atlanta. two of our specialties were rendering animations out to film up to 16K rez or outputting to museum-quality 36"x48" prints. One of our clients was Lockheed's Skunkworks team in Atlanta. After security clearance was obtained for myself and 2 others on staff and passing a vigorous vender process, we developed a great relationship with the 3D visualization team at Lockheed as they became one of our larger clients. (we could only work on their stuff after hours with only the 3 of us seeing or touching their work. made for many very late nights/early mornings) When we entered their studio red siren-type lights would turn on throughout the studio, their work had to cease and monitors turned off. Many great stories, but this one i'll get to the point - they walked us to a hangar one day and showed us the YF-22 prototype. I say "THE" because we were told that originally there were two, but one crashed. We were looking at the only F-22 on the planet. I remember thinking at the time that it looked so Small. That was a very cool day.