The deployment took place at altitudes of up to the high-20,000ft bracket, said RAF F-22 exchange pilot Flt Lt Dan Robinson, who had the distinction of landing the first Raptor to touch down on UK soil. Also an instructor on the US type, Robinson (below) was formerly a qualified weapons instructor on the RAF’s Panavia Tornado F3 fighter.
Following the detachment’s return home after the opening day of Farnborough, Robinson says the 27th AF >FS will in late August participate in a dissimilar air combat exercise to be hosted at a yet-to-be confirmed location in the USA.
The USAF’s F-22 community faces a continued challenge in finding suitable opponents to practice air-to-air combat, with the type’s participation in a recent Cope Thunder exercise in Canada having seen it record a combat success ratio of 144:0. “It’s a very real problem to find a suitable adversary,” says Robinson.
I hope this "very real problem" continues well into the future!
[Edited 2008-07-12 09:09:12]