Two USAF F-22 Raptors stealthy fifth-generation fighter jets from the 95th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, flew to Orland Air Base, Norway, on Aug. 15 2018 as part of an exercise aimed at strengthening the NATO alliance and increasing its deterrent power.
The USAF Raptors deployment in norwegian lands lasted just one day but will lay the groundwork for NATO allies as they work to integrate their stealth warfare capabilities. USAF F-22s trained with two Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35A stealthy fifth-generation fighter jets. Now the Orland Air Base, already home to six of Norway’s expected 52 more F-35s.
This event marks the first time that the Raptor has flown in during a training exercise with European-owned and operated F-35s. The two type of stealty fighter jets, F-22A and F-35A, flew in formation and conducted training operations.
There are very few details available about the exercise but the norwegians were impressed by the Raptor’s stunning air-to-air capabilities. For the norwegian military pilots practicing with the American F-22s provided the stealthy new jets with training opportunities that would not normally be available especially since the F-35s generally surprise and overpower other non-stealthy aircraft.
The F-22s deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany on Aug. 8 and will remain in Europe for several weeks to train and forward deploy to NATO nations. The deployment also underscores the US commitment to the collective defense of the NATO alliance and our willingness to deploy and use our most technically advanced assets to deter any potential aggression and increase regional security.
Images: Senior Airman Preston Cherry
Video: Senior Airman Kelly OConnor