JASH Members Experience U.S. Airpower

The F-22 Raptor hooks up to the KC-135 refueling aircraft.

The F-22 Raptor hooks up to the KC-135 refueling aircraft.

The weather was great on March 15th. On that day, eight members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii got a wonderful treat: experience an aerial refueling mission of the newest front-line combat aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory, the F-22 Raptor. 

The flight was arranged courtesy of The Hawaii Air National Guard who flies and maintains the F-22. March 15th was a routine training mission, including an aerial refueling. The JASH members boarded the KC-135 tanker aircraft at Hickam Air Force Base and proceeded out over the ocean surrounding Oahu. Each JASH member was able to see the F-22 approach the tanker aircraft, hook up to its refueling boom, and take on a load of jet fuel.

JASH members prepare for the flight aboard the KC-135 tanker aircraft

JASH members prepare for the flight aboard the KC-135 tanker aircraft

The Hawaii Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force provide these demonstration flights for the civilian public to show the capabilities of its equipment and the training and dedication of its people. On this day, JASH members got a rare opportunity to experience both. A special thanks to HIANG’s Jim Townsend who arranged the flight and to the men and women of The HIANG who hosted the training mission.