F-22 Photographs

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    Maj. Paul Moga returns to Tyndall AFB from a flight at the completion of the "war." Two F/A-22 Raptors joined 12 F-15 Eagles and a KC-135 Stratotanker to form the defensive counter air package, known as "Blue Air." [U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. William Powell]
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    Airman 1st Class John Korkian does a post-flight inspection of an F/A-22 Raptor at Langley AFB, Virgina after it returned from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The 27th Fighter Squadron just completed its first aircraft deployment giving pilots valuable "on the road" experience to include multiple opportunities to drop bombs at a local practice range. Airman Korkian is a crew chief with the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker]
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    Lt. Col. James Hecker (front) and Lt. Col. Evan Dertein line up their F/A-22 Raptor aircraft behind a KC-10 Extender to refuel while en route to Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Colonel Hecker commands the first operational Raptor squadron -- the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The unit went to Hill for operation Combat Hammer, the squadron's first deployment, Oct. 15. The deployment has a twofold goal: complete a deployment and to generate a combat-effective sortie rate away from home. [U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Ben Bloker]
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    Capt. Jeoff Lohmiller prepares to fly the first F/A-22 Raptor aerial mission of the Combat Hammer exercise at Hill AFB on Oct. 17. The captain is with the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The squadron came here on its first deployment, Oct. 15. The deployment has a twofold goal: complete a deployment and to generate a combat-effective sortie rate away while deployed. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker]
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    Staff Sgt. Jason McDonald (left), a weapons load crew chief, checks his technical orders after loading two joint direct attack munitions onto an F/A-22 Raptor. The sergeant and the Raptors, from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., deployed here at Hill aFB to take part in exercise Combat Hammer. The jets have a twofold goal: complete a deployment and to generate a combat-effective sortie rate away while deployed. [U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers]
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    Airmen with the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit make final inspection checks on F/A-22 Raptor #03-4044before launching it. The Raptor was bound for Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The unit deployed there Oct. 15 with a twofold goal: complete a deployment and to generate a combat-effective sortie rate away while deployed. [U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler]
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    Crew chief Senior Airman Alexander launches an F/A-22 Raptor for a Combat Hammer mission at Hill AFB. The maintainer deployed from Langley Air Force Base, Va., with the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit to support the 27th Fighter Squadron during its first-ever deployment. The deployment has a twofold goal: complete a deployment and to generate a combat-effective sortie rate away while deployed. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker]
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    An F/A-22 Raptor #03-4051 from Langley taking off for a Combat Hammer mission at Hill AFB, Utah. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker]
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    Lt. Col. James Hecker (front) and Lt. Col. Evan Dertein line up their F/A-22 Raptor aircraft behind a KC-10 Extender to refuel while en route to Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Colonel Hecker commands the first operational Raptor squadron -- the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The unit went to Hill for operation Combat Hammer, the squadron's first deployment, Oct. 15. The deployment has a twofold goal: complete a deployment and generate a combat-effective sortie rate away from home. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker]
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    Staff Sgts. John Barr (left) and James Gainville (cockpit), do a preflight inspection on an F/A-22 Raptor at Hill AFB. The 27th Fighter Squadron dedicated crew chiefs, from Langley Air Force Base, Va., did the check Oct. 16. The unit deployed here to put the first operational F/A-22 Raptor squadron through the paces in a deployment environment, including live bomb training. [U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers]
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    F/A-22 Raptor #00-4013 from Nellis AFB, Nevada's 422nd TES, heads out for an operational test mission. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald]
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    An F/A-22 Raptor takes off from Nellis AFB for a mission. During a two-ship sortie, Airmen from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron flew the first Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation mission on the F/A-22 Raptor on Aug. 29, releasing Joint Direct Attack Munitions on the Utah Test and Training Range. [U.S. Air Force photo by Tech.Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald]