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A special missions aviator from the 41st Rescue Squadron scans for threats during combat search and rescue training as part of Stealth Guardian, Aug. 10, 2017, in the Apalachicola National Forest, Fla. Stealth Guardian demonstrates rescue, 5th gen integration
Two wings, one mission: to execute a locally squadron-planned exercise between the 23d Wing and the 325th Fighter Wing during Exercise Stealth Guardian August 7-11, 2017. During months of planning between Tyndall and Moody Air Force base, Ga., Exercise Stealth Guardian was conceived and executed by Airmen from both wings to explore Air Force capabilities in modern rescue scenarios to integrate rescue and 5th generation assets in a deployed or contingency environment. Additionally, the exercise tested the capabilities of Rapid Raptor which is the Air Force’s ability to employ agile combat capabilities of 5th generation platforms like the F-22 to a combat or contingency environment as a moment’s notice.
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A team from the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron supported F-22 operational tests of air-to-air missiles against an aerial target April 18, 2017 at the Utah Test and Training Range outside Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The Raptors, assigned to the 412th Wing at Edwards AFB, Calif., launched inert AIM-9 and AIM-120 missiles against multiple BQM-167A sub-scale aerial targets as part
of a major capability upgrade. (Courtesy Photo)
Raptors take out aerial targets in missile tests
53rd Wing F-22s fired missiles at live aerial targets, completing operational tests of air-to-air missiles against an aerial targets at the Utah Test and Training Range as part of a major capability upgrade.
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Maintainers with the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., check for structural damages on an F-22 Raptor during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 27, 2017. If damages are found, low observable aircraft structure technicians must repair them to ensure the aircraft maintains its stealth capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard) Low observable technicians keep pilots undetected, alive
Fifth-generation F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightning II pilots may take the reins of their respective aircraft; however, it takes preparation from outside the cockpit to get them where they need to go undetected.
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An F-15 Eagle takes off to perform a practice run for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 19, 2017. It is symbolic for the F-22 to fly out front as it is the world’s most capable fifth generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese) USAF fighter jets practice for inauguration flyover
Four U.S. Air Force fighter jets practice for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2017. Two generations of fighter aircraft are scheduled to fly in a close formation during the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump at the capitol in Washington, District of Columbia, Jan. 20, 2017.
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Capt. Skyler Collins and Maj. Caleb Edmondson, 335th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot and weapons system officer, fly a practice route, Jan. 19, 2017, in the skies over Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, in preparation for the official fly-over of the 58th Presidential Inauguration. The 335th FS F-15E Strike Eagle will fly in a four-ship formation alongside a 94th FS F-22 Raptor from Langley AFB, Virginia; a 58th FS F-35 Lightning II from Eglin AFB, Florida; and a 55th FS F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, during President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes) Strike Eagle in four-ship flyover of 58th Presidential Inauguration
An F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 335th Fighter Squadron will participate in a four-ship flyover for the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jared Carnahan, 44th Fighter Group crew chief, cleans the windshield of an F-22 Raptor on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 10, 2016. In addition to maintaining and repairing the F-22, crew chiefs at Tyndall also ensure the jet is in perfect condition before the pilot enters the jet. The 44th FG accomplishes total force integration by providing pilots, maintainers and support personnel in partnership with the 325th Fighter Wing to execute the Tyndall mission to train and project unrivaled combat air power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cody R. Miller/Released) Tyndall’s Total Force: 44th Maintenance Squadron keeps F-22 Raptors flying
Whether they’re on active or reserve orders, the Airmen of the 44th Maintenance Squadron keep Tyndall’s F-22 Raptors mission ready through the process of Total Force Integration. Through its combination of traditional reservists and active-reserve technicians, the 44th MXS is able to keep up with the high demands of keeping a 5th generation jet at top performance just as well as a full active-duty squadron.
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Four F-22 Raptors from the 27th Fighter Squadron out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., fly in formation below a 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., prior to a flyover in Tipton, Ind., Sept. 29, 2016.  The flyover was part of a memorial ceremony for Army Air Corps Lt. Robert McIntosh, who passed away after his aircraft crashed during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Col. Hiram Gates) Airmen fly, pay homage to fallen aviator
Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Robert McIntosh, 27th Fighter Squadron, was a fighter pilot during World War II whose plane, a P-38 Lightning, disappeared in Italy on May 12, 1944. In September 2013, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (now DPAA) received information from private citizens regarding the partial excavation of a crash site in Santa Cristina, Italy. The citizens found evidence which confirmed this was McIntosh’s crash site. McIntosh was honored on Sept. 29 with a flyover in Tipton, Indiana by a formation of F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft from the 27 Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB Va.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit compete during the 1st Maintenance Squadron Weapons Load Crew of the Quarter competition at Langley Air Force Base, Va., July 29, 2016. During the quarterly competition, three-person teams from the 27th and 94th AMUs competed to correctly load two AIM-9 missiles and a GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition the fastest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R. Alex Durbin) 94th, 27th AMUs face off in quarterly competition

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An F-22A Raptor, assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., sits on the runway during Red Flag 16-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, July 25, 2016. Red Flag provides an opportunity for aircrew and military aircraft the ability to enhance their tactical operational skills alongside military aircraft from coalition forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released) Red Flag’s New Kids on the Block: The F-22A Raptor
While only introduced a little over a decade ago, the F-22A Raptor is a critical component of both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions of the 21st Centrury Air Force.
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