04 Dec '17, 10pm

US, Allies 'Blitz' Korea with Massive Air Power Display

US, Allies 'Blitz' Korea with Massive Air Power Display

The U.S. sent its most advanced stealth fighters as part of a massive contingent of air power to the Pacific for a war game this week that may be more about sending a message to North Korea than training with allies. While the jets -- made to evade detection from surface-to-air missiles -- have flown in joint exercises before, their addition to the lineup for the Air Force's week-long Vigilant Ace 18 could be seen as changing the play. Breaking down the numbers: a massive force totaling 230 aircraft is participating in the U.S.-led drills with South Korean allies at Osan Air Base to focus on interoperability, security and combat airpower, the Air Force said. That includes two dozen stealth fighters, including six F-22 Raptors twin-engine jets, six F-35A s Lighting II single-engine jets and a dozen F-35B vertical takeoff versions in the Pacific. The aircraft will fly alongs...

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