As early as 1981 the U.S. Air Force recognised the need to update their current jets, the F-15 Fighting Eagle (aka G1 Starscream) and the F-16 Fighting Falcon (aka G1 Skydive). The jet that would eventually replace them was the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The F-22 was unveiled on the 9th April 1997 and made its first flight on the 7th September 1997. The jet would be introduced into the U.S. Air Force 8 years later in December 2005.
Seeing as the F-22 was the successor to the F-15 it was fitting that the original live action Transformers movie chose the F-22 as Starscream's jet mode. Early concept designs went from robots recognisable as Starscream to what ended up as an entirely new take.
|Megatron with what would end up being Starscream's head|
|Concept art which looks like the 2007 Voyager class figure|
The final Transformers movie Starscream was very different to what Starscream has pretty much looked like in all his incarnations and I was apprehensive but the design has grown on me. I still enjoy the original 2007 Voyager figure but the best movie based Starscream which had been released up to this point was the 2010 Hunt For The Decepticons Leader Class Starscream which was based on the Revenge of the Fallen film.