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Video: Air Force’s F-22 Raptors Achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) Status

F-22’s launch from Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) and U.S. Air Force declare Initial Operational Capability (IOC) of Hawaii – Based F-22 aircraft.

Footage from TSgt Andrew Jackson, 154th Wing Public Affairs, Hawaii Air National Guard

The Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the Active duty Air Forces’ 19th Fighter Squadron have achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) status.

The IOC announcement comes at the end of a three-day exercise that clearly demonstrates the units’ ability to fly and maintain the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft for any contingency operations.

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The F-22 is capable of both air-to-air, as well as air-to-ground combat and is the Air Force’s Primary air superiority fighter providing unmatched capabilities for air supremacy and homeland defense.