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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Photos of the Day: The F-22 Raptor Gets Refueled Before Combat...

An F-22 Raptor gets refueled in mid-flight by a KC-10 Extender prior to conducting a combat sortie in Syria, on September 26, 2014.
USAF / Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf

Just thought I'd end this month by posting these cool photos that the U.S. Air Force released showing the F-22 Raptor getting refueled in mid-flight before conducting a sortie in Syria last Friday. As mentioned in this previous entry, I was hoping that the Raptor would finally see lots of action (after almost ten years of not engaging in any combat) as it takes part in the ongoing military campaign against the Islamic State in the Middle East. These photos obviously show that that's the case. Godspeed, airmen—both American and otherwise (unless they're Syrian. Or Russian or Iranian...or Chinese...)

An F-22 Raptor gets refueled in mid-flight by a KC-10 Extender prior to conducting a combat sortie in Syria, on September 26, 2014.
USAF / Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf

An F-22 Raptor gets refueled in mid-flight by a KC-10 Extender prior to conducting a combat sortie in Syria, on September 26, 2014.
USAF / Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf

An F-22 Raptor gets refueled in mid-flight by a KC-10 Extender prior to conducting a combat sortie in Syria, on September 26, 2014.
USAF / Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf

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