The F-22 Raptor is one of the most imposing military fighter jets ever to cruise the sky. It’s fitting then that it’s the operational aircraft of the oldest active fighter squadron in the U.S. Air Force. With over 95 years of service to the nation, the 27th Fighter Squadron became the world’s first operational F-22 squadron in 2005.
Tasked to provide air superiority for United States or allied forces by engaging and destroying enemy forces, equipment, defenses or installations for global deployment, the 27th Fightin’ Eagles has been in every war since World War I. With so much history, one would think that a six-month deployment to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan would be small potatoes. Nonetheless, family members receive their pilots the same as if they were coming from Iraq.