Raptor Moves From Sidelines to Front Lines

  • Sep 23, 2014 12:33pm GMT

The F-22 Raptor entered combat for the first time as part of the air strikes against ISIS in Syria according to the Department of Defense on Tuesday.

DOD didn't specify what targets were hit except that the F-22's stealth abilities played a key role in multiple strikes lasting several hours.

The Pentagon released an image of a precise attack on a 'command and control' center near Raqqah, in north-central Syria, where the Islamic State reportedly maintained its headquarters.

Digging back into my files, I found photos of the new F-22 in 2007 when its biggest job was patrolling the skies of Alaska and Russia. A time when an encounter with a Russian TU-95 was more of a photo op rather than a threat.

The Raptor while an air show favorite had been sidelined after a fatal crash in 2010 and again in 2012 for issues with the oxygen system.

Times have definitely changed.