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

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


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  1. 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

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

            Probably don’t need to do that now…

        • 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.

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