Are Lockheed’s Stealth Fighters Living up to Music Video – “Go Anywhere, Do Anything”?

lockheed f 35 lightning ii  Are Lockheed’s Stealth Fighters Living up to Music Video – “Go Anywhere, Do Anything”?(Image: U.S. Air Force, public domain)

I noticed a clip of Lockheed Martin’s music video in Wired’s Danger Room, featured in a recent article about Lockheed’s F-22 Raptor and troubled F-35 Lightning II, developed from the Joint Strike Fighter project.  The video, which features no dropped bombs or fire missiles, is lyrically limited, essentially confine to the track’s title “Go Anywhere, Do Anything” – slightly ironic considering the temporarily grounded F-22.

f 22 raptor  Are Lockheed’s Stealth Fighters Living up to Music Video – “Go Anywhere, Do Anything”?(Image: U.S. Air Force, public domain)

Still, there are heavy drums and nice footage of essentially every aircraft Lockheed currently develops.  According to a 2010 article on CNBC, the professional musicians were recruited from Dallas-Fort Worth, where the F-35 is built, to “inspire [Lockheed’s] workforce and use in the local community”, although the music itself came from a production music library, not the band.  Will Lockheed’s Joint Strike Fighter be going anywhere and doing anything anytime soon?  Watch the full video here.

Painting an F-22 Raptor

f 22 raptor painting  Painting an F-22 Raptor(Image: John Rossino, public domain)

Do you plan to build an F-22 Raptor model kit and need some painting advice?  If so, why not learn from the pros?  This image shows employees at the Lockheed plant in Marietta, Georgia painting “Raptor 18”, the first operational F-22 to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force.  The aircraft entered service with the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Florida.  The masks and overalls reflect the toxic nature of the work, so perhaps an eco-friendly paint range would be best for your home version.