Visually stunning HD video of multiple F-22 Raptor’s refueling in midair from a USAF KC-10, out of Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The in-flight gas-n-go keeps the futuristic air-dominance fighters aloft and on patrol nearly effortlessly in the skies above the Middle East. Video courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Lynette Hoke and the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing.
The F-22 Raptor is one of the most powerful and intimidating weapons the US military has in its extensive arsenal. The first 5th generation fighter fielded by the US Air Force, it essentially rendered all other air-dominance fighters immediately obsolete upon its initial development. Successfully combining the latest stealth technologies with modern avionics and the most advanced engines possible, the F-22 easily outclassed its airborne rivals around the world.
According to Lockheed Martin, the aircrafts designer and developer, “The F-22 Raptor defines air dominance. The 5th Generation F-22’s unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and situational awareness, combined with lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world.” Adding that, “The F-22’s ability to collect and share tactical information with friendly assets enables U.S. and allied forces to engage targets with unmatched battlespace awareness. The Raptor makes other coalition aircraft more survivable.”
The F-22’s development would inevitable attract competition from the US’s main adversaries. Namely Russia and China, both nations have developed and fielded their own 5th generation fighters in response. However, Lockheed Martin recognizes this threat and maintains that, “The F-22 is the world’s most dominant fighter, but potential adversaries continue to develop capabilities intended to challenge the ability of U.S. and allied air forces to gain and maintain air superiority. With that in mind, Lockheed Martin is dedicated to working with the U.S. Air Force on a robust F-22 combat enhancement program to bolster the Raptor’s asymmetric advantage over current and potential adversaries.” The original full-length video can be found here. Detailing the entire visually stunning refuel and additionally, “listen to some of the commentary between the In-Flight Refueler; Senior Airman Jordan Smith, deployed from Travis Air Force Base, and the pilots.”