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| Monday February 8, 2016
 
Fighter Jets In The U.S., France And Britain Prepare For War
An F-22 Raptor, Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 and French air force Rafale fly in formation as part of a trilateral exercise held at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 7, 2015. The exercise simulates a highly contested, degraded and operationally limited environment where U.S. and partner pilots and ground crews can test their readiness.
An F-22 Raptor, Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 and French air force Rafale fly in formation as part of a trilateral exercise held at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 7, 2015. The exercise simulates a highly contested, degraded and operationally limited environment where U.S. and partner pilots and ground crews can test their readiness.
The rumble started early Tuesday, as one fighter jet after another ascended from a runway here near the Atlantic Ocean and into a bright, clear sky.

The mission: Prepare for war against potential adversaries like Russia, which is now patrolling the same skies as the United States over Syria and flexing its muscles in eastern Europe.

The first-ever Trilateral Exercise among the United S...  

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19-12-2015  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link


Aboard French Rafale dogfighting alongside RAF Typhoons and F-22s during TrilatEx
Spectacular view from a Dassault Rafale during a Trilateral Exercise sortie.

From Dec. 2 to 18, 2015 the inaugural Trilateral anti-access/area denial exercise sees U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons and French Air Force Dassault Rafale, teaming to improve the way allied air forces can fight in...  continue»

12-12-2015  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link



F-22 Raptors deploy to the Middle East
An undisclosed number of F-22 Raptors of the Hawaii Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force have been deployed to the Middle East for as long as six months.

The Hawaii Air National Guard, or HIANG, said the deployment of most of the fighters and more than 200 personnel from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu took place Sept. 26 but was kept secret for security considerations.

The aircr...  continue»

02-10-2015  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link



United States Lacks F-22 Fighter Jets
The US Air Force does not have enough F-22 tactical aircrafts, and might become a regional force in the future, US Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle said on Friday.

F-22 Raptors are the fifth generation fighter jets, which are fully operational and include advanced stealth technology and highly-integrated computer systems.

“There was certainly a belief, not at the Air Force, mind you, that we ha...  continue»

18-09-2015  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link





USAFE Chief Calls For An F-22 Base In Europe
In light of Russia’s recent aggressive action in Europe, the commander of US Air Forces Europe is calling for a rotational F-22 Raptor base in the region.

The Air Force last month deployed four F-22s to Europe for the first time ever as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, a Pentagon effort to soothe anxiety among European allies facing a resurgent Russia.

The move may be the first s...  continue»

17-09-2015  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link



F-22s arrive in Estonia
Two F-22 Raptors and a KC-135 Stratotanker arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, Sept. 5.

The F-22s and approximately 20 supporting Airmen are from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The KC-135 is from the 100th Air Refueling Wing at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England.

This forward deployment of the ...  continue»

04-09-2015  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link



F-22 pilot Steve Rainey reaches 1000 flight hours
Four-year-old Steve Rainey sat on the hood of his father's car at a local airshow watching the small airplanes and helicopters at the airport. When the Thunderbirds in their F-100s sped by, Rainey fell off the car, looked up at the sky and thought, "I've got to do that."

Jan. 22, the now chief test pilot flew his 1000th hour in an F-22 Raptor. Rainey is the second person at Edwards to log 1,000 hours in the Raptor. He flew his milestone flight in tail number 4132, the flight sciences aircraft. When he landed, he w...  continue»

28-01-2015  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link



F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet makes combat debut against Isis in Syria
The most sophisticated and expensive warplane in the US arsenal joins assault against foe with minimal anti-air capacity

It took an air war against a foe with minimal aerial defenses to bring the US air force’s most advanced warplane into combat.

The F-22 Raptor, a stealth fighter jet as star-crossed as it is beloved by the air force, finally took to t...  continue»

25-09-2014  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link



Pilot Sidelined after Criticizing F-22 System
The Air Force has spent tens of millions of dollars over the past two years correcting problems with its premier jet fighter -- issues that Capt. Joshua Wilson helped expose by speaking up, both to his bosses and on national television.

Since then, Wilson's career as an F-22 Raptor pilot has stalled. A member of the Virginia Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Squadron, Wilson hasn't been permitted to fly the jet since early 2012. He's fighting disciplinary act...  continue»

20-04-2014  |  comments (0)  |  react  |  link



The last F-22 to roll off the assembly line at Lockheed Martins
The final F-22 Raptor stealth fighter is scheduled to come off the line at Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Ga., plant on Dec. 13 2011.

The jet took its maiden flight in Marietta in September 1997 and production went into full swing. But its high cost and changes in military requirements for post-Cold War challenges brought down the F-22. In 2009, the U.S. government officially ki...  continue»

12-12-2011  |  comments (13)  |  react  |  link



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