HIANG hosts F-22 Raptor exhibit at Maui airport
By Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado, 154th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 12, 2019
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --
The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) hosted an F-22 Raptor exhibit for the public at the Kahalui Airport OGG on the island of Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 2, 2019. More than 1500 visitors including military personnel, their dependents, extended families and friends, braved wind, high humidity and rain to get a close-up view of four F-22 Raptors in a secure area of the airport.
The HIANG flew the aircraft to Maui Aug. 1-3, to conduct F-22 training to ensure the aircraft would be able to divert to alternate airfields within the Hawaiian Islands in the event of any state emergencies. To support the Raptor divert airfield training and exhibit on Maui, more than 40 HIANG personnel flew to Kahalui, Maui, Jul. 31, on a C-17 Globemaster flown by the HIANG’s 204th Airlift Squadron (AS). Supporting personnel included HIANG recruiters, military air crews, maintainers, logistics and avionics specialists, as well as security personnel.
The F-22 training was conducted by a diverse contingent of supporting units including the HIANG’s 199th Fighter Squadron (FS), 154th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), 204th Airlift Squadron (AS), 154th Security Forces Squadron (SF), 292nd Combat Communications Squadron (CBCS) located on Maui, active duty Air Force 19th FS aircrews, ANG members from Portland, Oregon, as well as OGG Maui Airport avionics, fire and security personnel.
The Raptors conducted a final day of training on Saturday, Aug. 3, before returning to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.