Powerfull stuff in Florida skies

Some powerfull Lockheed Martin stuff was seen in the skies over Florida in the first weeks of November. The U.S. Air Force combined the capabilities of its Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors and F-35A Lightnings during an operational integration exercise at Eglin Air Force Base.

Taking part were F-22s of the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley, Virginia, and F-35As from Eglin based 33rf Fighter Wing. The purpose of the training was to improve integrated employment of fifth-generation assets and tactics. The training allowed both units to gain operational familiarization and capture lessons learned to improve future exercises.

According to the USAF, the F-35s and F-22s flew offensive counter air, defensive counter air and interdiction missions together, exploring ways to maximize their fifth-generation capabilities.

The Florida skies look menacing in more ways than one here.   (Image © US Air Force)
The Florida skies look menacing in more ways than one here. (Image © US Air Force)

Contradiction
Those involved, say the F-22 and F-35 complement each other, with the F-22 being an air-to-air asset first and foremost, and the F-35A being a strike aircraft. This seems to contradict the recent use of the F-22 as a strike aircraft during anti-ISIS operations over Syria.

Integration of F-22 and F-35 capabilities is said to have worked ‘very well’. That’s good news for the US and its allies, and bad news for others.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

Good PR stuff for Lockheed Martin.  (Image © US Air Force)
Good PR stuff for Lockheed Martin. (Image © US Air Force)