Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets, from the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) 1st Fighter Wing stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, have completed a flying training deployment (FTD) at RAF Lakenheath in U.K. conducted from Oct. 8 to 19.
While in the European theater, the F-22s forward deployed from the U.K. to Poland and Germany to maximize training opportunities, demonstrating steadfast commitment to NATO allies and deterring any actions that destabilize regional security.
The Raptors also participated in Exercise Eastern Zephyr, a Royal Air Force-led exercise seeking to increase partnerships and capabilities between the U.S. and U.K.
“For a century now, the 94th Fighter Squadron has had a close relationship with our Royal Air Force friends and partners beginning with ‘The Hat-in-the-Ring Gang’s’ first deployment to the United Kingdom in 1917 prior to operations on the Western Front during World War I,” said Lt. Col. “Habu,” 94th Fighter Squadron commander.
While at RAF Lakenheath, the F-22s flew 18 sorties for a total of 26.2 flying hours.
Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier, 48th Fighter Wing