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Oct. 12, 2017

Langley Raptors return home

Over 100 members assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing returned to Langley Air Force Base today after a 6 month deployment to the Middle East. During their deployment, F-22 Raptors participated in Operation INHERENT RESOLVE against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “I can’t be more proud of our Airmen,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jason T. Hinds, 1st FW Commander. “They did fantastic work operating and maintaining the F-22 for a prolonged period of combat operations. Well done.”

Sept. 13, 2017

Hungry, why wait? Raptor Café has what you need

In order to maintain control of their air space, birds of prey need to eat to stay healthy. The same is true for Joint Base Langley-Eustis F-22 Raptors; it takes a team to maintain air dominance and JBLE’s Raptor Café aims to make it easier for the Raptor team to have a quick meal between flight line operations. “The flight kitchen keeps us from pulling our Airmen off the flight line, which keeps our planes in the air,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. William Olwig, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit support section chief. “Our Airmen can have a hot-nutritious meal without leaving the area, thanks to the Raptor Café; especially for the Airmen that live in the dorms and can’t bring a cooked meal from home.”

Aug. 17, 2017

94 FS takes to the skies for Red Flag 17-4

The 94th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., has taken to the skies for the first time as part of Red Flag 17-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., completing training on the bombing and gunnery ranges of the Nevada Test and Training Range.

June 27, 2017

1st FW keeps Airmen, F-22s covered

While the 1st Fighter Wing is home to more than 1,300 Airmen and an abundance of aircraft reaching more than 12,000 flying hours each year, their top priority is the safety and well-being of those Airmen. With Airmen in mind, in April 2017, the 1st FW finished construction on 18 canvas-topped sun shelters. The shelters provide the maintainers, crew chiefs and ammunition Airmen protection from the sun. Also, they provide cover against the elements Virginia may throw their way to include rain, strong winds, hail, sleet and snow. No matter the weather conditions, the shelters help Airmen continue their work to keep the mission going.

May 24, 2017

New missile pushes F-22 ahead of fight

In today’s war against ISIS, being accurate and effective are both key components in keeping Americans and their allies safe. To accommodate this the F-22 recently switched from AIM-9M to AIM-9X munitions, for a good reason, as the AIM-9M is an older missile, dating back to the Vietnam War, and has many countermeasures today.

May 23, 2017

Raptor Demo Team; Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Darshele Green, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team avionics specialist, assists a child while he tries on a pilot’s helmet during the 911th Airlift Wing's Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017 Air Show, at Coraopolis, Pa., May 13, 2017. Throughout the show, the demonstration team hosted a tent for spectators to visit and talk with

April 27, 2017

Art of War: fifth-gen, allies train to defeat future adversaries

Imagine an enemy who knows how you operate. They know your game plans, have been in your position and used your gear. On top of that, they outnumber your team and have the ability to regenerate.

April 21, 2017

ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17: Prepared for take-off

ATLANTIC TRIDENT 2017, hosted by the 1st Fighter Wing, focuses on air operations in a highly contested operational environment through a variety of complex, simulated adversary scenarios. The goal of the exercise is to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns. This exercise is one of the first to focus on greater

April 19, 2017

ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17: Leveraging fifth-gen capabilities

The 1st Fighter Wing is on its second week of ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, an exercise at at Joint Base Langley-Eustis focusing on leveraging fifth-generation fighter capabilities with partnering nations.

March 29, 2017

Raptors soar during Wings Over Golden Isles Air Show

An F-22 Raptor performs during a demonstration at the Wings Over Golden Isles Air Show in Brunswick, Ga., March 24, 2017. The F-22 Raptor performed its maneuverable abilities three times during the air show, including a twilight display. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)