July 11, 2008 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Three F-22 Raptors from Langley AFB are scheduled to make the jet's first trans-Atlantic flight to participate in an air show in the United Kingdom.
An F-22 Raptor out of Langley AFB prepares to receive fuel during a mission over the Atlantic Ocean on June 13th, 2008. [USAF photo by SrA. Renae Kleckner]
The Raptors are slated to be showcased in the 2008 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford this weekend, touted as the world's largest military airshow. The jets from the 1st Fighter Wing also will participate in the Farnborough International Air Show.
Major Paul "Max" Moga will command the F-22 demonstration team. Pilots will demonstrate some of the capabilities of the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
Among those who will witness the spectacular F-22 display at RIAT will be Queen Elizabeth of England, who will be visiting on the Friday that precedes the show’s two public days. She will be presenting a new standard to mark the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, which will stage a large flyby.