Two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors deploy to Romania for the first time

A U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor taxis on the flightline at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, April 25, 2016. The aircraft will conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft and will also forward deploy from England to maximize training opportunities while demonstrating the U.S. commitment to NATO allies and the security of Europe. The Raptors are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane/Released)

Two F-22 Raptors and one KC-135 Stratotanker arrived in Romania.

Two F-22s and approximately 20 supporting Airmen, with the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, arrived at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, on the on Apr. 25.

The F-22s belong to the contingent (the largest Raptor deployment to Europe to date ) recently deployed to RAF Lakenheath, UK, and will remain at the Romanian airbase on the Black Sea coast, for a brief period of time before returning to the UK, to continue their training deployment.

“Today, we rapidly deployed these aircraft, along with a KC-135 Stratotanker, here to showcase our flexible response and our range of capabilities,” Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray, 3rd Air Force commander, said in a U.S. Air Force release.

“These aircraft have the ability to project air dominance quickly, at great distances, to defeat any possible threat.”

“It’s important we test our infrastructure, aircraft capabilities, and the talented Airmen and allies who will host these aircraft in Europe,” said Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. “This deployment advances our airpower evolution and demonstrates our resolve and commitment to European safety and security.”

12 F-22s deployed to Europe (three sections of 4 Raptors) along with ANG F-15s in the last few weeks to deter further  Russian aggression: four Raptors took part in the flyover for the 100th anniversary of LaFayette Escadrille whereas the F-15s have taken part in Frisian Flag exercise before heading to Bulgaria.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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  1. you know if the F-22 is all about stealth..why do we announce exactly where we are sending them? It really is kind of Ironic.

    We should consider announcing like this:
    “Somewhere on (or maybe over?) your border we have deployed Raptors, enjoy figuring out exactly where.”

    I think it would give Putin considerably worse heartburn than knowing exactly where the “stealth” jets are…(We might as well get our money worth, this shit is expensive.)

  2. The event was attended with great fanfare by the rumanian army’s CoS,
    and the yank ambassador. Klemmchen’s joint also produced a localized
    example of the well known, and recycled “infographic” for vassal use,
    which was lost in translation with such pearls like “total capacity of
    anti-detection by radar”, “AESA long range radar with flexible waves”,
    “torque: 15,89 ton-force for every engine in part”, “aviators” for
    airmen, “action radius” for range. The yank embassy’s “translators” also
    never heard that the mach number is placed after the measurement unit.
    This illustrates again that the most valued ability of yank vassals is
    the one to bend over at the slightest whim of the master – competence is
    irrelevant, if they follow orders without questioning.

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