31 May '18, 10am

It's in with the F-22 Raptors, out with the F-35A Lightning IIs at @KadenaAirBase

Air Force F-22 Raptors deployed to Okinawa this week to replace a squadron of F-35A Lightning II stealth jets. Fourteen of the fifth-generation fighters from the 525th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, will be stationed at Kadena Air Base for about a month, according Japan’s Mainichi newspaper. The Raptors, which were last deployed to Japan in 2014, are replacing F-35As that departed this year after a six-month rotation, an Air Force statement said. There has been a flurry of activity in the region this year regarding fifth-generation fighters, including the first-ever embarkment of the Marine Corps’ F-35B Lighting II on the USS Wasp amphibious-assault ship during a patrol that ended in April. Earlier this month, the Marine jets, which are capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings, trained with Japan Self-Defense Force F-35As for the first ...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/air-force-raptors-deploy-to-...

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