USAF F-22 Raptor rare performance at Thunder over Utah

USAF F-22 Raptor heading to Langley | Photo courtesy of Herb Gillen Agency, St. George News

ST. GEORGE –The Thunder Over Utah Air Show announced today that the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor, will perform at the inaugural show March 17-18, 2012.

Thunder over Utah will take place at St. George Municipal Airport located at 4508 S. Airport Parkway. The event features military jet teams, single-ship military demonstrations, classic warbirds, civilian performers, static aircraft displays and fun activities for kids and families.

The F-22 Raptor will be accompanying the leading act, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as another military feature attraction. The amazing U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor is one of the most sought-after demonstrations on the air show circuit and it will perform at less than 20 sites throughout North America this year.

The F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation super-maneuverable fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed predominantly as an air superiority fighter, but has other capabilities that include ground attackelectronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. .

Under development for more than two decades, the F-22 Raptor has capabilities that are far more advanced than other aircraft and it is the first fifth-generation fighter aircraft in the world. The Raptor will perform high speed loops, slow speed passes, as well as high speed passes that will thrill the crowds. This aircraft can go from 70 to 700 mph in less than a minute. In early 2011, the Raptor was pulled off the circuit due to a problem with the onboard oxygen generation system. This show marks the Raptor’s first return since it was taken out of commission.

“Our spectators are in for a real treat with the Raptor. No one will want to miss what this incredible aircraft demonstration does in the air,” said Kevin Walsh, Executive Director of the Thunder Over Utah Air Show. “We are very privileged to be able to bring two such high-profile military demonstrations to the skies of St. George.”

Ticket options for every budget are available from general admission to private chalets where spectators enjoy the most exclusive seating, private amenities and the best view of the show. Tickets for the show are available online at a discounted price at


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