Raptor F-22 Jet Fighters To Deploy To Kadena Japan

Langley Air Force Base, Virginia-  There are plans now to send twelve of the F-22 Raptor Jet fighters stationed in Virginia to be deployed in Japan, for the second overseas deployment of the Aircraft.

Six Members of the 27th Fighter Squadron left on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 with the other six set to leave the next day. They will stop at Hickam Air Base in Hawaii for fuel, and then will proceed to their new deployment home in Kadena, Japan.

Nearly 275 airmen and support units will be accompanying the twelve jets to their new three moth deployment.

“This is a U.S. Pacific Command Theater support security deployment to help bolster security in the Western Pacific,” said Major Sam Highley.

“These are the way we show our commitment and that of the United States to keep the Pacific Theater safe and fulfill our security responsibilities.”  Said Major Highley.

The last deployment of these Raptors in February 2007 there was some issues with the jets GPS systems, and they had to return to Hickam Air Base in Hawaii and were faced with about a five day delay. That problem has since been rectified and will not be an issue this time.




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military dot image Andrea Kunert    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Saw the F-22 Raptors when I was in Okinawa this year(2011). My son is at Kadeba Air Base.
What a Jet , I felt more pride then I have in years to see these Birds fly, And I know Jet my Dad was with the FAA for 30 years and all so fly… a lot.
Thank You for makeing me feel safe.
Andrea Kunert

military dot image Richard Zukowski    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I love jets I went to school next to a little base in Michigan called Selfridge. These are beautiful birds. I know, because II went to school with the Army Majors daughter. I was even asked to fly once, but my parents needed me home. Thanks for being up there it’s just that not too long ago the F-4’s were up flying and Selfridge is now stuck with F-16 which is a great bird too, however our pilots work very hard and air force one has been buy at least once under bill Clinton. I just wish the government wouldn’t over look the pilots at Selfridge when it comes to the new birds; they are some of the most experienced dedicated jet boys there are. I think they deserve F-22s with the rest of the service men. Rick

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