Super Cool Night Photos of the F-22 Raptor stealth jets refueling mid-air enroute to Syria

Sep 29 2014 - 20 Comments

Here are some interesting photographs of the F-22 Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing, refueling mid-air during strike operations in Syria.

Taken on Sept. 26, the following images were taken from the boomer position aboard a U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender tanker during air-to-air refueling operations of an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft enroute to Syria.

Raptors refuel

The Raptors, launched from Al Dhafra, in the UAE, where they are deployed along the F-15E Strike Eagles from RAF Lakenheath, were part of a strike package that was engaging ISIL targets in Syria.

Raptors refuel

The F-22 Raptors of the 1st FW that have been stationed in the Persian Gulf from 6 months, will soon be replaced by 6 Raptors belonging to the 95th FS from Tyndall Air Force Base.

Raptors refuel

F-15E aircraft from RAF Lakenheath will be releaved by Strike Eagles from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Raptors refuel

Image: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf


  • Tom Jones

    Awesome Photogarapy
    Where is the lights coming from (City)?

    • holoh

      Yes, a city. You guessed it. Good job.

    • Tom Jones

      I guess I deserved this response for not being specific. What city are they flying over?

  • big john ok

    About time these aircraft start getting used in combat.

  • echomrg

    wow! i can only imagine how hard could nighttime mid-air refueling be…

  • Yannick Van Broeck

    Awesome looking pictures!

    And indeed Big John, about time

  • McPosterdoor

    Now its time for IMGINT, what city? What city/country did we have the balls to fly combat armed F22s over, refueling with navigation lights (not even the greens) on. Did we really do that over Baghdad? Doesn’t look big enough, but I’ll bet its Iraq since U.S. defacto owns the airspace. My bet? This is Basrah.

    • MannyBothans

      Maybe Basrah, looks a little small though. Um Qasr maybe.

    • holoh

      Why does it take balls to fly over a city combat armed? We do it over US cities all the time.

      • McPosterdoor

        Right, the U.S., not another sovereign country with aircraft whose mission is to strike a third sovereign country without permission. This isn’t, for example, Iran.

        • Jon Woolery

          From the UAE to Syria and back, the USAF F-22’s could have traversed Kuwait and Iraq, and possibly part of Saudi Arabia and Bahrein. None of those countries would object.

          • Chris B

            In the olden days they would just turn their search radars off for a few minutes.

            Probably don’t need to do that now…

        • holoh

          Why do you assume that we did so without permission? USAF history is rife with examples of difficult mission planning due to having to go around countries that would not give overflight clearances for combat missions. If we flew over it, we had permission.

  • Great shots

  • Drew Parker

    The images look surreal. Everything seems a little fuzzy around this bird. The composite materials are certainly are non absorbent. Ihave heard the plane is too much for the pilots to handle. It is estamatated this aircraft will rule the skies for ten years or more. However the US is instead working toward a joint aircraft that we can sell.

    • holoh

      If they were non-absorbent, then they wouldn’t be stealth. They are stealth because they partially absorb the radar. SMH.

  • Rick H

    Where is the damn OPSEC!

  • Nernst

    Why are we using F-22’s for this job? Is Syrian air defense a threat to F-15 and F-16’s?

  • holoh

    The United States is still the superpower. Yes, relative to others we are in decline, but our power still far exceeds anyone else. So, the statements “If we flew over it, it was because no one could stop us” and “If we flew over it, we had permission.” mean almost the same thing and in this case are both 100% accurate.

  • Mr. Denali

    Awesome photos, directly from the latest Sci-Fi movie. Especially #3 looks gorgeous.