Busy afternoon at Spangdahlem Air Base

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.


By MICHAEL ABRAMS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 17, 2018

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.

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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.

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