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Raptors arrive at Eglin [Pictorial]

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The first six 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptors arrived here Nov. 20 to their temporary facilities with Team Eglin. The 43rd and 2nd Fighter Squadron aircraft arrivals are part of the recently-announced moves by the Air Force in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

A new predator appeared in the skies over Eglin Air Force Base for a short time Nov. 20.  The stealthy F-22A warbirds circled, scanning the area before approaching and setting down at their new home.  Very soon, the aerial newcomer will be a common sight among Team Eglin’s birds of prey.

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A 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor rolls underneath a sun shade at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 20. The initial Raptors, with more on the way, will share flight line space with their fellow fifth generation fighter, the F-35A Lightning II. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

 

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A 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor touches down at Eglin Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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A 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor taxis off the runway at Eglin Air Force Base. The first six Raptors arrived to their temporary home Nov. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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An Allegiant aircraft taxis as a 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor comes in for a landing at Eglin Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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A 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor taxis at Eglin Air Force Base. The move is part of mission shift by the Air Force as Hurricane Michael recovery efforts continue at Tyndall. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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A maintenance Airman marshals in a 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor at Eglin Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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A maintainer and pilot talk about their 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor at Eglin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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A 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor taxis at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 20. “These decisions were important first steps to provide stability and certainty,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “We’re working hard to return their lives to normalcy as quickly as possible.” 

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325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptors taxi at Eglin Air Force Base.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptors taxi at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 20.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

U.S. Air Force story by Samuel King Jr.

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