November 4, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Hawaii Air National Guard wants to fly the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, 18 of which are planned to be based at Hickam Air Force Base, Oahu, Hawaii.
Lockheed Martin rolls out the first combat-capable F-22A Raptor #05-4087 stealth fighter destined for operations in the Pacific Theater. It will be assigned to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
The Hawaii National Guard flew the F-86 Saber jet in 1954, later followed by the F-102 Delta, F-4 Phantom and the F-15 Eagle so this would be just another aircraft conversion.
The Hawaii Guard is required to hold an environmental study during which it identifies the areas where the F-22 will be housed and the air space where the fighters will train.
Pacific Air Forces has already said that it would like the fighter to be operational at Hickam by 2011.
Maj. Chuck Anthony, Hawaii National Guard spokesman doesn't see any major changes to the area that the 199th Fighter Squadron now occupies on the makai side of Hickam.
However, the Hawaii Guard already has plans for a new $30 million alert PAD
to replace the one built in 1958.
The F-22 Raptors will be flown by air crews belonging to the Hawaii Air National Guard's 199th Squadron and the active Air Force's 531st Squadron.
The conversion to an F-22 squadron will give Hickam three joint tactical efforts by the Air Force and Hawaii Air Guard.
The Air Force has said it has planned for F-22 squadrons to be assigned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
The Air Force said 188 F-22A Raptors will be built through 2012.