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A F-22 Raptor of the 95th Fighter Squadron roars into the German sky after taking off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
A F-22 Raptor of the 95th Fighter Squadron roars into the German sky after taking off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A F-22 Raptor of the 95th Fighter Squadron roars into the German sky after taking off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
A F-22 Raptor of the 95th Fighter Squadron roars into the German sky after taking off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot of the 480th Fighter Squadron waves to international photographers after landing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2018. The photographers were at the base to photograph visiting F-22 Raptors.
A F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot of the 480th Fighter Squadron waves to international photographers after landing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2018. The photographers were at the base to photograph visiting F-22 Raptors. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany-based F-16 Fighting Falcon of the 480th Fighter Squadron takes off from the base, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
A Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany-based F-16 Fighting Falcon of the 480th Fighter Squadron takes off from the base, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A group of international photographers aim their cameras at a F-22 Raptor of the 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, as it taxis out for takeoff.
Thirteen F-22s are forward deployed to Spangdahlem at the moment.
A group of international photographers aim their cameras at a F-22 Raptor of the 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, as it taxis out for takeoff. Thirteen F-22s are forward deployed to Spangdahlem at the moment. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A C-21 carrying USAFE commander Gen. Tod Wolters taxis out for takeoff at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The afternoon saw numerous takeoffs and landings by U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and U.S. and Dutch F-16 Fighting Falcons. Wolters was at the base for an event featuring the Raptors.
A C-21 carrying USAFE commander Gen. Tod Wolters taxis out for takeoff at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The afternoon saw numerous takeoffs and landings by U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and U.S. and Dutch F-16 Fighting Falcons. Wolters was at the base for an event featuring the Raptors. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 480th Fighter Squadron roll down the taxiway at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
A pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 480th Fighter Squadron roll down the taxiway at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A Dutch air force F-16 takes off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The Dutch aircraft was training with U.S. Air Force planes from the base.
A Dutch air force F-16 takes off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The Dutch aircraft was training with U.S. Air Force planes from the base. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
Two F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron start taxing toward the runway for takeoff from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Based at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., the aircraft are forward deployed to Europe for training.
Two F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron start taxing toward the runway for takeoff from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Based at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., the aircraft are forward deployed to Europe for training. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor passes a KC-135 Stratotanker as it takes off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The jet, from the 95th Fighter Squadron out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is one of 13 deployed to Europe for training.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor passes a KC-135 Stratotanker as it takes off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The jet, from the 95th Fighter Squadron out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is one of 13 deployed to Europe for training. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)
A Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany-based F-16 Fighting Falcon comes in for a landing at the air base after a mission, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
A Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany-based F-16 Fighting Falcon comes in for a landing at the air base after a mission, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

It was a busy afternoon on the runway at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, on Thursday.

And there were plenty of cameras to catch the action.

The main event was the F-22 Raptors from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla, forward deployed to Europe for training.

Following a short ceremony and media event that featured USAFE-AFAFRICA commander Gen. Tod Wolters, a group of international photographers were taken to a knoll along the flight line to capture the F-22s taking off.

While the Raptors of the 95th Fighter Squadron were the stars of the show, Spangdahlem’s own F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 480th Fighter Squadron didn’t come up short either.

Any plane rolling down the taxiways or roaring off the base’s runway was in the photographers’ viewfinders, even the C-21 Lear Jet flying Wolters from Spangdahlem.

Also on the runway were Dutch F-16s that were training with their American counterparts.

Besides the photographers on base, numerous other aviation enthusiasts waited off base to catch the fifth-generation fighters.

abrams.mike@stripes.com Twitter: @stripes_photog

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