F-22s make it to Japan

Raptors arrive at Kadena


Ten F-22 Raptors arrived here Feb. 17 and 18 for the first overseas deployment of the Air Force’s newest air supremacy aircraft.

The aircraft, assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., started their deployment to Kadena almost 10 days previously with a stop at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. While en route, a software issue affecting the aircraft’s navigation system was discovered Feb. 11 causing the aircraft to return to Hickam.

The issue was corrected and the aircraft continued on to Kadena. According the 27th FS commander, Lt. Col. Wade Tolliver, the unit is excited about the opportunity to work with the 18th Wing and other services while in the Pacific.

Here’s a pic:

Crew chiefs park two F-22 Raptors after landing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 18, marking the aircraft’s first overseas deployment. Twelve Raptors along with more than 250 Airmen are deployed from Langley Air Force Base, Va., to Kadena as part of an air expeditionary force rotation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Sheila deVera)