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F-22 Arrives In Japan  
User currently offlineBritJap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3486 times:

After that spot of trouble and having to stop over in Hawaii for a bit. (I'm sure the pilots didn't mind) the first two F-22's ever on a foreign deployment have touched down in Kadena Airbase, Okinawa, Japan.

Up to ten more are to follow shortly, and the current plan is to keep them there for three to four months.

Is this to show a bit of muscle to the Chinese/N.Koreans, or is this just a stunt to lure the Japanese Govt. into buying a few of these??

Or Both!!??  Wink

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User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

Its a scheduled AEF deployment. The software code had nothing to do with stopping in Hawaii nor did they "have to" return there, it was done for logistical reasons.

Check


User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3464 times:

Quoting BritJap (Thread starter):

Is this to show a bit of muscle to the Chinese/N.Koreans, or is this just a stunt to lure the Japanese Govt. into buying a few of these??

Niether I don't think.I was probably just their turn on the deployment schedule. If anything I think it was more for the US to do something with the F-22 that it hasn't done before. Just adding another feather in the cap of the program.


User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 1):
Its a scheduled AEF deployment. The software code had nothing to do with stopping in Hawaii nor did they "have to" return there, it was done for logistical reasons.

Check

Can you elaborate on this?



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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

Quoting KevinSmith (Reply 2):
Niether I don't think.I was probably just their turn on the deployment schedule. If anything I think it was more for the US to do something with the F-22 that it hasn't done before. Just adding another feather in the cap of the program.

Operational evaluation; demonstration of the airplane's ability to deploy. Also a bit of flag flying I'm sure, a "look what we got and we can send it where we want to ..." kind of thing. This is normal when a new weapon comes on board and the desire is there to flaunt it a bit. Wouldn't surprise me to see it make a visit to South Korea, Australia, the Philippines and maybe even to Thailand. For the South Koreans it should be a morale booster, a further demonstration we have the necessary stuff to stand with them if the going gets tough.



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User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 4):
Wouldn't surprise me to see it make a visit to South Korea, Australia, the Philippines and maybe even to Thailand.

I would be quite surprised if these aircraft were to visit the Philippines or Thailand! Singapore, however....



"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 3):
Its a scheduled AEF deployment

Elaborate on the AEF cycle? I can do that if you need.

Nevermind, checked your profile. Retired MSgt.  wink 

[Edited 2007-02-19 01:20:49]

User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Yeah, I'm sorry but what would you like me to elaborate on??

User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3054 times:

Officially they are there on a scheduled AEF rotation. Good call Checksixx.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123041567

-K


User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4937 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Quoting Lumberton (Reply 5):
I would be quite surprised if these aircraft were to visit the Philippines

Especially considering that the PAF couldn't even afford surplus F-16 A/Bs, and in view of the "accomodations" awaiting the Raptors there. It's difficult to ascertain the conditions of the facilities (particularly the VC-5 hangar and aircraft parking apron, the newest then at Cubi Point, and if slabjacking of the settling NAS runway was pursued; Ditto with the maintenance hangar and parallel runway projects at Clark which were terminated for convenience due to the base closure and Mt. Pinatubo.



"Everyone is entitled to my opinion." - Garfield
User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 3):
Can you elaborate on this?

Not sure the range on an F22 but that's quite a hop. Hawaii was logistical for fuel most likely.


User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Cuz I know some people who know some people who know some people.. Here they are at Kadena

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v483/matt45223/F2022s.jpg


User currently offlineRKDflier From United States of America, joined May 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 10):

They were more than likely dragged along by a KC10.



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User currently offlineChecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Already posted on the AF website...KC-135...Check

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