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Hawaii is recommended for more F-22 Raptors

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2017

    The Air Force is proposing moving F-22 Raptor aircraft from a hurricane-damaged base in Florida to other squadrons including Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam. How many additional Raptors would be relocated to Hawaii — which now has 20 of the stealthy jets — is not clear. Above, two Hawaii Air National Guard pilots walk away from their F-22s after landing at Hickam.


    The F-22 relocation plan falls in line with a July U.S. government report that found the Air Force has not maximized the use of its fleet of 186 aircraft — in large part because it organized F-22s into “small” units with 18 to 21 primary mission aircraft per squadron.

The presence of F-22 Raptors — the Air Force’s premier fighter — is slated to grow on Oahu with the serv­ice proposing to permanently redistribute some of the aircraft from hurricane- damaged Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Read more

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