Friday, August 28, 2015

USAF F-22 Raptors deployed to Europe

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Four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fifth generation fighters and a Boeing C-17 airlifter along with 60 airmen arrived at USAF's Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany.

This first-ever F-22 training deployment to Europe is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, and provides support to bolster the security of our NATO Allies and partners in Europe.

Germany will be the first stop for these world's most advanced fighter jets, and will next move to Poland on Monday.

The training will prove that 5th generation fighters can deploy successfully to European bases and other NATO installations while also affording the chance for familiarization flight training within the European theater.

It will also give them the chance to conduct combat air training with different aircraft like U.S. F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons.

The "Raptor" are from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, and C-17 is part of the 60th Transport Squadron of Travis Air Force Base, California.

U.S. has also deployed its A-10 close air support aircraft to Estonia this month.

These stealth fighters will conduct training alongside NATO allies and partners to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe.