The raptor is also difficult and expensive to maintain and is exceedingly difficult to upgrade.
The raptor carries six AMRAAMs and two shorter range AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles inside its weapons bays.
There was no high tech foe in Iraq or Afghanistan, and over Libya, the raptor was not the right jet for the task.
The raptor, which was developed and built for $66.7 billion, has been a controversial warplane.
He was charged with two counts of possessing a raptor and two counts of possessing a protected species.
That means it could take several missile shots to kill an enemy fighter, even for an advanced stealth aircraft like the raptor.
The shell is polished and exceedingly fragile, a rare thing in the eggs of a raptor.
The wigeon realises his advantage and sticks to the shallow—the raptor ever trying to force him to the deep.
The braincase of the skull is crushed in three places as though by a raptor's beak.
White excreta of a large bird beside the carcass indicated predation by a raptor, probably a horned owl.
c.1600, "ravisher, abductor," from Latin raptor "a robber, plunderer, abductor, ravisher," agent noun from past participle stem of rapere "to seize" (see rapid). Ornithological use is from 1873 (1823 in Latin plural Raptores).