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Refueling the Raptor

An F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over Iwo Jima Feb. 18 while en route to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first-ever overseas deployment of the F-22. F-22s from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., are deployed to Kadena AB as part of an Air Expeditionary Force rotation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy McGuffin)

An F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over Iwo Jima Feb. 18 while en route to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first-ever overseas deployment of the F-22. F-22s from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., are deployed to Kadena AB as part of an Air Expeditionary Force rotation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy McGuffin)

Tech. Sgt. Clifton Bond gives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 to a F-22 Raptor over the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 18 while en route to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for the first-ever overseas deployment of the F-22.
Twelve F-22s from the 27th Fighter Squadron deployed to the base as part of the recent Air and Space Expeditionary Force rotation.  Sergeant Bond is a boom operator with the 18th Operations Support Squadron at Kadena.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy McGuffin)

Tech. Sgt. Clifton Bond gives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 to a F-22 Raptor over the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 18 while en route to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for the first-ever overseas deployment of the F-22. Twelve F-22s from the 27th Fighter Squadron deployed to the base as part of the recent Air and Space Expeditionary Force rotation. Sergeant Bond is a boom operator with the 18th Operations Support Squadron at Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy McGuffin)

An F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over Iwo Jima Feb. 18 while en route to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first-ever overseas deployment of the F-22. F-22s from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., are deployed to Kadena AB as part of an Air Expeditionary Force rotation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy McGuffin)

An F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over Iwo Jima Feb. 18 while en route to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first-ever overseas deployment of the F-22. F-22s from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., are deployed to Kadena AB as part of an Air Expeditionary Force rotation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy McGuffin)