U.S. Air Force Airmen dedicated to the 1st Fighter Wing comes back after a historic deployment to Qatar. During their deployment, F-22 Raptors took part in the operation to defend American forces and interests in the U.S. Central Command territory of accountability in the Middle East.
The Joint Base Langley-Eustis stated in July 2019 that in a deployment, Airmen and F-22 Raptors have been transported to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, for the first time.
The post on the Scramble Magazine Facebook page shows that six F-22A Raptors touched down at Morón Air Base (Spain) on February 1. The plane returned after a deployment in the Middle East.
It arrived from Al Dhafra and landed at Morón Air Base yesterday, (United Arab Emirates). The Raptors were accompanied by two KC-10A Extender tanker aircraft.
This deployment was a total force effort involving Airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Wing, with the help of the 633rd Air Base Wing, who trained and deployed alongside each other, offering a ready force for the U.S. Air Force.
A Raptor is a fifth-gen plane engineered to project war-winning airpower, rapidly and at great distances and defeat menaces attempting to deny access to the nation’s army.
“I’m incredibly proud of the 1st Fighter Wing over the last four weeks. Our country called, and we responded to a short-notice deployment transporting F-22’s to Qatar for the first time in history,” stated 1st Fighter Wing commander, Col. David Lopez.