The F-22's cockpit is off-limits and highly classified -- but here are 11 glimpses inside the Raptor

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The F-22 Raptor is arguably the best stealth fighter ever built.

So it comes as no surprise that much of the aircraft is highly classified – especially the cockpit.

In fact, all of the instruments and displays in the Raptor’s cockpit are classified, an Air Combat Command public affairs officer told Business Insider.

As such, no photos of the nuts and bolts of the cockpit have been released. A few do seem to exist in the weeds of social media, but they are unverified.

Still, there are plenty of verified and official images that give a glimpse into the cockpit.

Check them out below:


Entering service in 2005, the F-22 had one of the first “all-glass” cockpits, which means it has digital displays and instruments.

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It was also the first aircraft to be compatible with night vision goggles.

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The F-22 is fitted with a hands-on throttle and stick control system, allowing the pilot to operate the Raptor without taking his hands off the controls.

Source: How Stuff Works


The Raptor is equipped with a Head-Up Display (the round green monitor to the left of the pilot’s face), which acts as the pilot’s main flight instrument.

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Here’s an interactive video of the HUD released by the Air Force.


Below the HUD is an Integrated Control Panel, which the pilot uses to manually put in information regarding communication, navigation and autopilot.

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And this pilot seems thrilled to get to see what most haven’t.

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In all, there are six liquid crystal displays in the cockpit that can even be seen in direct sunlight.

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Source: Globalsecurity.org


The largest display is an 8-inch by 8-inch tactical screen that provides information tracking and threat identification. Two smaller screens also provide communication, identification, navigation and flight information.

Source: How Stuff Works


The other three screens display information about air and ground threats and stores management data.

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Lastly, check out the short cockpit video below, although the camera is facing backwards.

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