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Check Six: F-22 Raptors Arrive – 10 years ago

July 2, 2020
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This is a Honolulu Star Advertiser article written by William Cole. The article was published on July 3, 2010, reporting the F-22 Raptor arrival the day before at Hickam Field.

The Raptor has landed.

The first of 20 F-22 Raptor fighter jets that will be based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam touched down yesterday, bringing with it the start of a new chapter in Hawaii Air National Guard fighter history reaching back to 1946.

The Territory of Hawaii Air National Guard was established that year, a year ahead of the official creation of the U.S. Air Force, officials said.

Two of the stealthy fighters are expected to be in Hawaii for a dedication ceremony Friday. The aircraft, “tail” numbers 045 and 046, are about 7 years old and were receiving maintenance — and “HH” (for Hickam) and Hawaii wave tail markings — at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

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