Feb. 8, 2007

Raptors headed to Red Flag

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -The 94th Fighter Squadron is deploying for Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nev. Red Flag is an air combat training exercise designed to test pilots and air support crews' ability to affectively respond to real-world combat scenarios. This is the first deployment to Red Flag for the 94th FS with F-22s.

Lt. Col. Dirk Smith takes flight in an F-22 Raptor Feb. 3 at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Smith is the 94th FS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)

Senior Airman Matthew Clouse videotapes the departure of F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron and a KC-10 Extender carrying maintainers from the 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Feb. 3 at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Clouse is a broadcaster with Air Combat Command Public Affairs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)   

Lt. Col. Dirk Smith (far right) and Capt. Merrick Baroni begin start up procedures in their respective F-22 Raptors Feb. 3 at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.Smith is the 94th FS commander and Baroni is a pilot with the 94th FS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)

Staff Sgt Tom Mills goes through a series of aircraft checks Feb. 3 at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Mills is a crew chief with 192nd Virginia Air National Guard assigned to the 94th Aircraft Maintanence Unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)   

Maj. Patrick Deconcini performs a preflight inspection of an F-22 Raptor Feb. 3 at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Deconcini is a 192nd Virginia Air National Guard pilot with the 94th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)   

Staff Sgt. Tom Mills goes through a series of aircraft checks with Maj. Patrick Deconcini Feb. 3 at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.Mills is a crew chief with 192nd Virginia Air National Guard assigned to the 94th Aircraft Maintanence Unit. Deconcini is a 192nd Virginia Air National Guard pilot with the 94th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)

Lt. Col. Dirk Smith checks the F-22 Raptor aircraft forms on a portable maintenance adapter prior to launch Feb. 3 at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Smith is the 94th FS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)

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