‘Phantom of the Raptor’ is a jaw-dropping slo-mo video of the F-22 demo flight.
If you love the F-22 Raptor, then take a seat. You are about to watch what is probably the best Raptor video ever produced. It was filmed in 2020 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, during a demo flight of the U.S. Air Force F-22 “Raptor” piloted by Maj. Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson.
“Cabo” who took over the role of Demo Team leader from Maj. Paul “Loco” Lopez, took part in the JBER Salutes in March 2020 and the display of the F-22 Raptor Demo Team, the world’s first 5th generation dedicated combat aircraft demonstration unit and the only solo jet, twin-engine, vectored-thrust demonstration unit in the world, was filmed with a Phantom Flex4K at 1000FPS out of the open door of a UH-60 “Black Hawk” helicopter hovering at about 3,000 feet.
1000 FPS is considered super-slow motion: in general, slow motion video works by shooting at very high frames per second (FPS) rate and then playing it back at a much slower rate. This creates dramatic footage where the action is slowed way down.
The end result in this case is a stunning slo-mo footage that shows the F-22 maneuvering over the Alaskan base.
Actually, some parts of the clips, mixed with footage shot from inside the cockpit with a 360-degree camera, had already been included in another work, dubbed “INSANE F-22 Raptor Hype Video”, a footage released by the F-22 Raptor Demo Team on their Youtube channel in November 2020.
In my opinion, while the previous video was great, “Phantom of the Raptor”, with the slow-motion cinematography by creator Dustin Farrell is simply a work of art.
Take a look and judge by yourself: