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Hawaii F-22s Use Real-World Lessons, Any Available Red Air to Prepare for High-End Fight

July 11, 2018

From the Airman Magazine website

Airmen from the Hawaii Raptors conduct an end of runway inspection of several F-22 Raptors as they return from a six-month deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 8, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/released)

The F-22s based here are one of the smaller Raptor contingents in the Air Force, tasked with responding to homeland threats and being the tip of the spear for any engagements in the Pacific. And, the Raptors face that mission with limited support.

To stay sharp and be ready for any operation in a contested region, the pilots are getting creative and drawing on recent real-world combat experience.

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