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checksixx wrote:They flew out this morning! Credit USAF for photo's....Check
idesof wrote:Secondly, where are they stopping? Are they flying non-stop from California to Hawaii and then on to Japan or are they routing through Alaska and then South Korea (and maybe doing a little fly-by of North Korea)?
Twelve Raptors left their nest Feb. 7 for a 22-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean - the final phase of the F-22A's first real-world deployment.
Along with the Air Force's newest weapon system, more than 250 Airmen left Feb.6, as part of the regularly scheduled Air Expeditionary Force deployment, which has been planned since the Raptor achieved initial operational capability in December 2005.
While deployed, pilots and maintainers will work with other Air Force and Navy squadrons from the Pacific region.
"We learn more about what we can bring to the fight by working with other squadrons and branches," Colonel Tolliver said.
While deployed, the 27th FS plans to maintain a standard flying schedule much like their schedule here. The goal for pilots and maintainers is to make this transition from home to overseas as seamless as possible.
"We're going to keep our normal lives and shifts like we do back home," said Staff Sgt. John Laurence, a 27th S [They mean 27th FS - J.J.] crew chief. "The only difference is we're on the other side of the world."
In Japan, the 27th FS will fall under Kadena AB's 18th Wing, and will use their hangars and support throughout the 120-day temporary duty assignment. Along with the Raptors and personnel, the 27th FS will also bring two-thirds of the equipment needed to maintain the jets from Langley.
The F-22A currently takes the same amount of personnel and equipment needed for an F-15 TDY. However, as the plane becomes older and Airmen gain experience working on the plane, manning demands will decrease, allowing fewer Airmen to spend less time on maintenance. [...]
dwightlooi wrote:The distance between Honolulu (Hawaii) and Naha (Okinawa) is 7,505km. The F-22 probably goes about 2,800km one-way on internal fuel (roughly 3x its estimated combat radius). Those external tanks are not going to extend it by more than 2.6x. Unless they refuel mid-air, they are going to have to stop somewhere.
Hawaii to Tokyo is actually closer... ~6200km. But I don't think the F-22 can fly that distance with a pair of external tanks either.
Lieven wrote:The Associated Press wrote that there has been some anti-American protest in Japan. About 500 demonstrators gathered outside a US air base protesting the arrival of the F-22s.
Police say the protest was peaceful. No arrests were reported.
The Raptors were scheduled to arrive Saturday at Kadena but were delayed by bad weather. They should arrive Sunday.
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