F-22 Raptor

Sursa: Flightgear

Piloţii din 199th Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, au efectuat ultima misiune de antrenament cu avioane F-15 Eagle, de la Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam, Hawaii.

HIANG face acum trecerea pe F-22 Raptor, avion de generaţia a cincea, din care a recepţionat primele două în luna Iulie. În total, Escadrila 199 ANG va opera în total 20 de avioane F-22.

La despărţirea de avioanele F-15, locotenent-colonelul James Sarge a declarat:

„It’s like saying goodbye to a good friend,”… „It was exciting flying it for the last time, and especially against a F-22, but at the same time the F-15 has always brought me home safely and been an outstanding aircraft.”

Iar locotenent-colonelul Mark Ladtkow spune:

„It’s somewhat a bittersweet feeling flying the last training mission of the F-15 with our unit,” …”I’m blessed to have the upcoming opportunity to fly the F-22, but the F-15, which I’ve flown for 17 years, is a friend of mine and will be missed.”

Sursa: Defense-Aerospace