374 – Flying the F-22
Guest: Dan “Animal” Javorsek Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Bastian Hundt
The main part of this episode is about flying the F-22 Raptor, the most modern air superiority fighter in the inventory of the USAF. Our guest is Dan Javorsek, callsign Animal, who has previously flown the Raptor in operational test. Dan has also been the initiator of the Alpha Dogfight trials, where an AI was tested against a real pilot in a simulator air-to-air engagement. Dan also flew the F-117 and the F-35, so we cover those airplanes as well.
Introduction of Dan "Animal" Javorsek00:03:56
Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center | DARPA | F-35 Lightning_II | Aerial Refueling
Flight Simulation and Airforce00:11:36
Flight Simulator | Flight Controls | Hardware in the Loop | Aerodynamic Instability
U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School | A-10 Thunderbolt II | Multirole Combat Aircraft
The F-22 Raptor00:23:01
F-22 Raptor | Air Superiority Fighter | F-15 Eagle | F-16 Fighting Falcon | Fifth-Gen. Fighter | Next Generation Air Dominance | Stealth Technology | SR-71 Blackbird | Book: From Rainbow to Gusto | Avionics | Sensor Fusion | Kalman Filter | Radar | Infrared | Radio Frequency | Identification Friend or Foe | Electronic Warfare | Radar Warning Receiver | Inverse Square Law | Datalinks | AWACS | VHF | RF-Antenna
Flying the F-2201:07:16
Thrust Vectoring | Dogfight | Beyond Visual Range | B-52 Stratofortress | Angle of Attack
Afterburner | Supercruise | Drag Curve | Mach Number | G-Suit | Automatic Ground Avoidance System
Flying the F-11701:27:56
AI in Air Combat01:30:21
AlphaDogfight | Radio Jamming | Lethal Autonomous Weapon | Military Robot | Situational Awareness
End and Outlook01:43:36
Wow. A top episode. Dan Javorsek is an excellent explainer and his candid in his assessments – not a gung-ho fan boi. Lots of surprising & detailed info about sensor fusion, dogfighting, 4th vs 5th generation aircraft, the main reason for wanting supersonic flight (it’s not what you’d expect), super-cruise, AI in warfare.
“Animal” is one of the best aviation guests you have had. Technically wise, conversational and experienced. Marcus Voelter is also the perfect interviewer for this topic.
A sonar does so much more, than ‘ping’ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XF-tYSucg8Q
Of course. We know.
Great interview Markus. Looking forward to Dan’s return!
Very nice episode, and a knowledgable and relaxed guest. You to had very good chemistry.
This episode wasn’t quite what I expected. I had expected a lot about the F22 specifically. What I got was a lot of great insights on a much wider range of topics, and an unusually nuanced and reflection-filled conversation.
Nope, this episode wasn’t what I had expected, at all. One of those cases where getting something else than you had expected shows you something even better. And cudos, Markus, for letting the conversation range wide, and being well prepared for whereever it went.
And DO get Dan back to talk about DARPA. That is bound to be a winner episode.