In response to North Korea’s recent “rocket” test, where they successfully placed a “satellite” in orbit, the U.S. Air Force conducted another show of force over the Korean Peninsula on 17 February 2016, and this time they brought the F-22.
Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and the 3rd Wing provided a four-ship of Raptors from the 525th Fighter Squadron, visiting from their current deployment at Kadena AB on the island of Okinawa. The Air Force’s only operational 5th-Generation fighter was joined in the air by a four-ship of our bros from the Fiends and their Vipers, as well as the Republic of Korea Air Force’s completely badass F-15K SLAM Eagle.
The accompanying video shows the formidable air armada skirting along the coast, then cutting across the Korean mainland on its way into Osan Air Base near Seoul. Once on the ground, senior leadership from the U.S. Air Force, as well as the RoKAF, addressed an group of reporters.
“The F-22 Raptor is the most capable air superiority fighter in the world, and it represents one of many capabilities available for the defense of this great nation. The U.S. maintains an ironclad commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea,” said United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, during a combined press engagement with media.
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