This Video Provides Another Look At The F-22 Raptor Covered With A Mirror-Like Coating

F-22 Raptor mirror-like coating
A screenshot from the video embedded in the post, revealing the F-22 Raptor in mirror-like covering ready to land at Nellis AFB. (Image credit: through Rich Traiano/The Nellis Spotter)

A clip shot couple of days back at Nellis Air Force Base throughout WSINT workout reveals, amongst all the other fascinating airplane, the strange “Chrome” F-22 Raptor.

You most likely currently understand it by understand, however an actually appealing F-22 Raptor is flying over Nevada nowadays. The airplane, unmarked (i.e. doing not have obvious tail codes and registration) was very first captured on electronic camera on Nov. 19, 2021, by the well-known air travel professional photographer Santos Caceres as it “bent” on departure from Nellis Air Force Base.

The airplane’s differentiating function is a “mirror-like” finish, never ever seen prior to on a Raptor. The reflective metal covering appears to cover the majority of the external “skin” of the airplane leaving really obvious panel lines, consisting of some saw tooth ones above and on the sides of the fuselage (common of stealth airplane), in addition to some uncommon curvilinear ones (on the wings in the flaps location).

We do not understand what’s the factor for the brand-new “Chrome” or “Mirror-like” finishing, although it looks rather most likely it was used to perform some screening activity, potentially associated to IRST (Infra Red Search & Track) or other targeting systems. In 2015, The War Zone reported that Scaled Composites Model 401 “Son Of Ares” demonstrators flew a variety of test flights over China Lake varies covered with a reflective metal covering (comparable to the one utilized on the F-22), hypothesizing the mirrored target might be utilized in possible low-power laser systems screening.

The F-22 with the mystical reflective covering was likewise just recently shot by Rich Traiano of the popular “The Nellis Spotter” YouTube channel amongst the airplane of all types releasing and recuperating at Nellis AFB throughout WSINT 21 B. The clip supplies a various take a look at both sides of the mirrored Raptor under various lighting conditions; needless to state, there are a great deal of other fascinating possessions, consisting of Aggressors’ F-16 s, RC-135 V/W Rivet Joint along with a lot of F-35 As (BTW, some seems completely “stealth mode”– i.e. they do not bring external AIM-9X launchers nor radar reflectors).

Anyway, reality that the F-22 with the speculative finish participated in WSINT is, alone, worth of note too.

Weapons School Integration (WSINT) is the conclusion of the USAF Weapons School: after 6 months of Weapons Instructor Course, trainees are tested throughout head-to-head engagements versus one another imitating near-peer foes such as Russia and China, anchoring themselves in each other’s skirmishes. Trainers rate and assess the engagements from the preparation stages all the method to execution.

” WSINT is not just the capstone occasion trainees need to pass to finish the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Weapons Instructor Course, however it is maybe the most multi-faceted. WSINT produces capable leaders who can not just strategy, incorporate and control in any tactical setting however can likewise lead any spectrum of groups, who are all set to provide tactical transformational modification.”

” We’ve discovered with time that our foes design their training after our own techniques as carried out in theater. If we are training to win, we need to discover how to beat ourselves. We are our biggest competitors,” stated Col. Jack Arthaud, U.S. Air Force Weapons School commandant in a public release from in 2015. And, based upon The Nellis Spotter‘s video, it appears like the “Chrome F-22” is contributing because essential training this year.


David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most popular and check out military air travel blog sites. Because 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and lots of others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal activity and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown a number of fight airplanes with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 4 books.

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