Close up image unveils an interesting detail inside the cockpit of an F-22 Raptor.
The photo in this post shows an F-22 Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing, taking fuel after a mission over Syria, where the stealth fighter jet had its baptism of fire operating along other U.S. assets including the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.
The image, taken from a KC-135 tanker (based at Al Udeid, Qatar), shows an interesting detail inside the cockpit of the F-22, based at Al Dhafra, UAE, where the Strike Eagles are deployed as well: a U.S. flag.
It’s not infrequent for U.S. pilots to carry the American flag inside the cockpit during real ops and wars.
Image credit: U.S. Air Force via Guido Olimpio