October 28, 2008 (by A1C Michael Means) - Holloman Air Force base launched the F-22A fleet for training missions in the local area for the first time October 22 to test the aircraft's ability to fly two ship operations.
USAF F-22A block 30 no. 05-4088 from 7th FS takes off at Holloman AFB, October 22, 2008 for training missions in the local area.
"This training mission allows the base as a whole to become one step closer to becoming operationally ready," said Major Anthony Babcock, 49th Maintenance Operations Squadron commander. "We are doing a great job of flying aircraft and standing up the capability."
On top of flying two ship operations Airmen had the role of providing aerospace ground equipment, calibrating precision measurement equipment for launches and low observable repair if the aircraft broke, fuel cell repair, egress system repair/inspection, and armament (gun and launcher) repair. Airmen also had to build and deliver the munitions and provide in-flight emergency response.
"Holloman has pulled together to do a great jobs to support the mission and people are focused on the mission," said Major Babcock. "Holloman works well to support the mission."
The training mission is also supposed to accomplish maintenance training in launching and recovering jets.
"The Airmen will receive the experience of supporting launch and recovery," said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Deprez, 49th Maintenance Squadron. The Airmen will also gain the experience of generating jets for real world scenarios.
With only two aircraft, Holloman AFB
has been able to fly more than scheduled and be more successful than other bases due to community support and taking care of our Airmen.
"The community has been supportive of the F-22 and the base personnel," said Major Babcock. "It is much appreciated and it makes it easier for our Airmen to come into work and do a good job and to exceed the standard."