C-17 Loaded for Rapid Raptor Exercise
03/12/2014: A C-17 was loaded up with equipment, by airmen on JBER, to set up a mobile F-22 launch site as part of a Rapid Raptor Exercise.
This exercise was used to determine weight restrictions and time limits.
Video by Staff Sgt. Aaron Johnson | Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs
According to PACAF Commander General “Hawk” Cariisle:
The idea is to take four Raptors and deploy them with a C-17 and to rotate across the Pacific to go to the point of need for implementing missions.
This provided both a tool for enhanced survival and an enhanced capability to apply the force associated with a fifth-generation aircraft as well.
Credit: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs:1/23/14