Video shows Hawaiian-style F-22 Raptor operations

Apr 27 2013 - 1 Comment

The following video, shows F-22 Raptor stealth fighters flown by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the active duty Air Force’s 19th Fighter Squadron takinv off during an early morning 14-ship sortie rotation.

Note at the 00:30 mark the surfer carrying his surfboard and walking next to the airport’s fence as one of the radar-evading planes taxies: a scene that can be seen only at the Hawaii….

F-22 surfer

As the units were being readied to declare FOC (Full Operational Capability), on Apr. 7, the squadrons launched and recovered a record number of sorties which is the most executed by these squadrons on a single day since the conversion to the F-22s.

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  • I spent many years at Hickam. The surfers would go to Hickam Harbor, to Honeymoon Beach, then would walk along the rocks along the Reef Bravo taxiway all the way out to the reef that shelters the harbor. That’s the only place that gets waves they can surf.