F-22 Raptor News

More Raptors arrive at Holloman

December 18, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - Holloman Air Force base received additional F-22s this week. Three arrived Monday and one further example due in around this time.

USAF F-22A block 30 no. 05-4088,7th FS takes off from Holloman AFB, October 22, 2008 for training missions in the local area.

The F-22s that arrived Monday all came from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. The fourth aircraft will come from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The arrival of four additional aircraft is the first since the official ceremony back in June when the first two Holloman marked aircraft were delivered.

"The arrival of these aircraft is another important step toward our operational readiness," Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, said. "As we edge closer to the day we have two 20-aircraft squadrons of F-22A Raptors, these aircraft underscore the important role Holloman plays in keeping the nation safe. From today well into the future, no matter where and when our nation calls, the 'Fightin' 49ers' will be prepared to respond as we always have, ready to 'Protect and Avenge'."

The three F-22s from Elmendorf arrived late in the afternoon after departing earlier that day. The jets still carry there former Alaskan markings signified by the 'AK' on the tail and will be painted up to carry Holloman's 'HO' markings in the near future.

The base should have a combat-ready squadron by November, 2009.