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The F-22A -Flash- 4 Star Aircraft is a modified version of the F-22A Raptor that has its outer paint removed, getting rid of its stealth capabilities but increasing its speed and maneuverability. It was available as a DLC skin for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, and later appeared in Ace Combat Infinity as a Special Aircraft.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

F-22A -Flash- icon
"A special version of the F-22A characterized by a surface that sparkles like a polished mirror.
This prototype aircraft trades stealth capabilities for increased aerial maneuverability. A redesign has been performed starting with the internal composition and modifications have been made to almost everything, creating what is essentially a completely new aircraft in all but external appearance.
The removal of the need for recoating with stealth material has reduced maintenance costs and its resistance to rough handling makes it an aircraft suited to "sky pirates"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The F-22A -Flash- was available as a Limited-Time Drop in December 2015, and later added to the Special Supply Ticket Catalogue in January 2017.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 775 A B D+ B+ D E 2,300
2 821 A+ B+ D+ B+ D E+ 165,320
3 867 S A D+ A D+ E+ 229,600
4 913 S+ A C A+ D+ D 344,400
5 959 S+ A+ C A+ D+ D+ 459,200
6 1005 S+ S C+ S D+ C 780,640
7 1051 S+ S+ C+ S D+ C+ 367,360
8 1097 S+ S+ C+ S+ C C+ 654,360
9 1143 S+ S+ C+ S+ C B 941,360
10 1189 S+ S+ B S+ C B+ 1,951,600
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1237 S++ S+ B S+ C A 2,502,640
12 1285 S++ S+ B+ S+ C A+ 3,352,160
13 1333 S++ S+ B+ S+ C S 4,178,720
14 1381 S++ S+ B+ S+ C S+ 5,854,800
15 1429 S++ S++ A S+ C+ S+ 6,704,320
16 1496 S++ S++ A S+ C+ S+ 8,564,080
17 1556 S++ S++ A S++ C+ S+ 9,780,960
18 1616 S++ S++ A+ S++ C+ S+ 10,997,840
19 1676 S++ S++ A+ S++ B S+ 14,051,520
20 1736 S++ S++ S S++ B S++ 17,725,120
  • Lv. Cap Increase Request Forms were required to unlock Lv.11 and each level afterward, one per level. Credits and research were also required for each level as usual.

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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL HCAA 4AAM HPAA
1 343 126 22
2 377 128 26
3 411 130 30
4 445 132 34 38
5 480 134 38 42
6 514 136 42 46
7 548 138 46 50 28
8 583 140 50 54 30
9 617 142 54 58 32
10 652 144 58 62 34
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL HCAA 4AAM HPAA
11 686 148 60 66 35
12 720 152 62 70 36
13 755 156 64 72 37
14 789 160 66 78 38
15 824 164 70 82 40
16 856 166 72 84 41
17 888 168 74 86 42
18 920 170 76 88 43
19 952 172 78 90 44
20 984 174 82 94 46

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carried at the respective levels. Part slots could be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts could be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 26 / 38 26 / 38 26 / 38
Lv.6-14 28 / 40 28 / 40 28 / 40
Lv.15-19 29 / 41 29 / 41 29 / 41
Lv.20 30 / 42 30 / 42 30 / 42

Nickname
Upgrading this aircraft to Level 20 unlocked the Fighting Mirror nickname for use at any time.

Skins

  • Default: Shiny metallic gray design based on mid-production F-22s

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"The Flash is an special F-22A Raptor variation outfitted with weight reduction upgrades, applied so that the plane may engage in aircraft speed record flight. In one such test, the speed caused the Raptor's radar absorbent paint to peel off, revealing the inner coating (or "muscles") of the aircraft. Most of the aircraft's airframe bears a chrome silver color, while the trim, nose and some surfaces are colored with a matte black finish."
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Trivia

  • The Flash's livery is based on what the F-22 looked like mid-production.[1]
  • It is widely known that the F-22A can exceed speeds of Mach 3; although the exact top speed has not been released, there have been F-22 pilots wearing their Mach 3 badges in public.[citation needed] At this speed, the radar absorbent paint would be suffering severe stress, thus lowing the aircraft's stealth capabilities, to prevent that the F-22 can fly that speed only for a short period of time.[citation needed]

References

  1. Now the Head Of the USAF Is Jumping On the F-22 Production Re-Start Bandwagon. The Drive. Published on May 26, 2016. Retrieved on September 15, 2017.
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