F-22 Raptor Begins First Overseas Deployment
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A major milestone in the US Air Force F-22 Raptor program was reached on February 7, 2007, when 12 F-22s landed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, en route to Kadena Air Base, Japan.
The aircraft belong to the 27th Fighter Squadron from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.
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The 27th is the Air Force's first frontline F-22 fighter squadron, reaching initial operational capability in December 2005. Although this is the first overseas deployment for the aircraft, it is not the squadron's first deployment from Langley AFB.
While deployed to Kadena Air Base, members of the 27th FS will demonstrate the operational characteristics of the stealthy and super cruising F-22 as they train with Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps units.
A transformational combat aircraft, the F-22 is effectively invisible to threats, cruises at supersonic speeds, is highly maneuverable and provides an unprecedented level of integrated situational awareness.
This story is based on an article written by Senior Master Sgt. Charles Ramey, 13th Air Force Public Affairs, with contributions from 1st Lt. Rachel Sherburne of the 1st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office.
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