Thursday, January 11, 2007
Air Force F-22s Head to Japan
January 10, 2007
F-22 Stealth Fighter Jets Give U.S. 'All Options' In Okinawa
By Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
The Air Force plans to send its most advanced fighter jet, the F-22, abroad for the first time when it deploys 12 of the planes to Okinawa next month.
Gen. Paul V. Hester, Honolulu-based commander of Pacific Air Forces, said the planes will train with Japan's air force, U.S. F-15s, and the U.S. Navy while at Okinawa's Kadena Air Base.
The U.S. military presence in the region will get a boost with the deployment, helping its ability to respond to any security crises that might erupt.
The planes will give the top commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific "all the options to face the contingencies that he might face," Hester told The Associated Press in an interview.
Honestly, a while back the US was looking into selling the F-22 to some of its key allies, namely Japan and England. I wish this would happen. Since the US isn't buying nearly enough F-22s, it would greatly benefit us to have our close friends buy their own. The more superior fighters that are out there on our side, the better odds we have against any possible large-scale battle.
Plus, the Japanese took the F-15J and transformed it into an even better air-superiority fighter. I can't imagine what they'd do with the F-22J. All I know is that they would kick ass if ever called upon.
Look Out Godzilla, She's a Bad Mama-Jama!
posted by El Capitan at 1:50 PM
Probably add some nitrous, neon, and carbon fiber, and turn it into a drifter.3:54 PM