USAF F-22 Raptor in Europe 2018
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USAF F-22 Raptor arrive at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany

The U.S. Air Force has deployed one squadron of F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, from the 95th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Wing, at Tyndall AFB, Fla., to conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft as part of a Flying Training Deployment.

The F-22s arrived Aug. 8 and will remain in Europe for several weeks. This training deployment to Europe is funded in part by the European Deterrence Initiative.

The F-22s will also forward deploy from Germany to operating locations within other NATO member nations in order to maximize training opportunities while strengthening the NATO alliance and deterring regional aggression.

On Aug. 10 they were in Greece at Larissa AB to train with Hellenic Air Force, On Aug. 16 the F-22 were in Spain to train with Spanish Air Force Eurofighter and F-18 Hornet and on Aug. 15 they were in Poland at Powidz AB to celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence and Armed Forces Day by participating in a flyover in Warsaw and then 2 F-22 went to Orland Air Base, Norway, to conduct local training.

The F-22 and the F-35 are the world’s premier operational 5th-generation fighters, possessing a unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and situational awareness along with lethal long-range, air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, making these aircraft the best air dominance fighters in the world. Their presence in the European theatre underscores our ability to deter current and potential threats, assure our allies, and respond in a timely way should deterrence fail.

Source: USAF 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Images: Senior Airman Dawn Weber, Senior Airman Preston Cherry, Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej – Poland MoD
Video: Tech. Sgt. Anthony Plyler, Tech. Sgt. Staci Kasischke