According to a 13th Air Force spokesman in Hawaii, the contingent of F-22A Raptors flying from Hickam AFB, Hawaii, to Kadena AB, Japan, over the weekend returned to Hickam because “multiple aircraft” experienced a software problem involving the navigation system. The spokesman told the Daily Report that the F-22s should be back on their way to Okinawa soon. The Raptors are making their first overseas deployment, forming part of the now-routine rotation of aircraft deployed to bolster the Pacific Region’s strike force.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.