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Hawaiian Raptors surge to a new record

Tech. Sgt. Matthew Molnar, 154th Maintenance Squadron, inspects an F-22 Raptor from the 199th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover a record 62 Raptors in a day.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Matthew Molnar, 154th Maintenance Squadron, inspects an F-22 Raptor from the 199th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover a record 62 Raptors in a day.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

A F-22 Raptor, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, increases altitude shortly after taking off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The previous record was 46 sorties in one day with 14 aircraft, this recorded was broken using only 12 of the 18 aircraft in the smallest F-22 squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

A F-22 Raptor, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, increases altitude shortly after taking off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The previous record was 46 sorties in one day with 14 aircraft, this recorded was broken using only 12 of the 18 aircraft in the smallest F-22 squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

F-22 Raptors from the 199th Fighter Squadron prepare to launch for a sortie surge from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. A record breaking 62 Raptor sorties were successfully launched from the runway at JBPHH.  A sortie surge, or an increase in flying operations, simulates wartime operations, which is higher than the standard training tempo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

F-22 Raptors from the 199th Fighter Squadron prepare to launch for a sortie surge from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. A record breaking 62 Raptor sorties were successfully launched from the runway at JBPHH. A sortie surge, or an increase in flying operations, simulates wartime operations, which is higher than the standard training tempo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Airmen from the 154th Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch a F-22 Raptor from the 199th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. F-22 Pilots from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover a record 62 Raptors in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Airmen from the 154th Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch a F-22 Raptor from the 199th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. F-22 Pilots from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover a record 62 Raptors in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

An F-22 Raptor pilot from the 19th Fighter Squadron taxies after completing an end of runway inspection on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. This was the first aircraft to take off during a record breaking 62 sorties in one day by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

An F-22 Raptor pilot from the 19th Fighter Squadron taxies after completing an end of runway inspection on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. This was the first aircraft to take off during a record breaking 62 sorties in one day by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

An F-22 Raptor pilot from the 19th Fighter Squadron taxies after completing an end of runway inspection on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. This was the first aircraft to take off during a record breaking 62 sorties in one day by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

An F-22 Raptor pilot from the 19th Fighter Squadron taxies after completing an end of runway inspection on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. This was the first aircraft to take off during a record breaking 62 sorties in one day by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

A F-22 Raptor, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, increases altitude shortly after taking off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. F-22 Pilots from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The previous record was 46 sorties in one day with 14 aircraft, this recorded was broken using only 12 of the 18 aircraft in the smallest F-22 squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

A F-22 Raptor, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, increases altitude shortly after taking off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. F-22 Pilots from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The previous record was 46 sorties in one day with 14 aircraft, this recorded was broken using only 12 of the 18 aircraft in the smallest F-22 squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Two F-22 Raptors take off during a sortie surge from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The increase in sorties tested the flying capability of the total force integration squadron known as the Hawaiian Raptors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Two F-22 Raptors take off during a sortie surge from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The increase in sorties tested the flying capability of the total force integration squadron known as the Hawaiian Raptors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

A F-22 Raptor, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, increases altitude shortly after taking off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The previous record was 46 sorties in one day with 14 aircraft, this recorded was broken using only 12 of the 18 aircraft in the smallest F-22 squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

A F-22 Raptor, from the 199th Fighter Squadron, increases altitude shortly after taking off from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. The previous record was 46 sorties in one day with 14 aircraft, this recorded was broken using only 12 of the 18 aircraft in the smallest F-22 squadron in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Lt. Col. James Sage ,199th Fighter Squadron commander, talks to maintenance Airmen to coordinate F-22 Raptors ground refueling on  Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)
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Lt. Col. James Sage ,199th Fighter Squadron commander, talks to maintenance Airmen to coordinate F-22 Raptors ground refueling on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

A F-22 Raptor pilot from the 19th Fighter Squadron and maintenance Airmen conduct hot pitting refueling during a sortie surge on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. In order to fly as many sorties as possible pilots and maintainers conducted hot pit refueling, a procedure performed to rapidly refuel the aircraft and allow it to complete a second sortie in a short amount of time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)
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A F-22 Raptor pilot from the 19th Fighter Squadron and maintenance Airmen conduct hot pitting refueling during a sortie surge on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6, 2015. In order to fly as many sorties as possible pilots and maintainers conducted hot pit refueling, a procedure performed to rapidly refuel the aircraft and allow it to complete a second sortie in a short amount of time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- A record breaking number of F-22 raptor sorties were successfully launched from the runway at JBPHH, June 6.

Pilots of the F-22 from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron and the 19th Fighter Squadron teamed up with maintenance Airmen from the 154th Wing and 15th Maintenance Group to launch and recover 62 Raptors in a day.

A sortie surge, or an increase in flying operations, simulates wartime operations, which is higher than the standard training tempo. The increase in sorties tested the flying capability of the total force integration squadron known as the Hawaii Raptors.

Operators, maintainers, and supporting personnel all played their part to set the new record.

"Morale seemed to be at an all-time high, with pilots literally grinning from ear to ear," said Lt. Col Justin Spears, 19th FS Commander. "Spirits seemed equally high on the maintenance side. When I went out to the ramp I was continually asked by every maintainer I saw, 'What's the sortie count?' and 'How many are we going to get?' Those men and women did an absolutely phenomenal job quick turning jets, fixing broken aircraft, replacing tires when plugs blew, and running the hot pits."

According to Spears, in a normal week around 50 sorties are scheduled. By flying 62 sorties, the Hawaiian Raptors flew more than they would ever fly or schedule in the normal five day flying week.

The previous record was 46 sorties in one day with 14 aircraft, this recorded was broken using only 12 of the 18 aircraft in the smallest F-22 squadron in the Air Force.

"This proves that we are a much more confident unit, said Staff Sgt. AlanMichael Warner, 154th Maintenance Squadron. "We have gained a lot of experience and knowledge on this aircraft. We know how to attack issues and succeed with the mission."

In order to fly as many sorties as possible pilots and maintainers conducted hot pit refueling, a procedure performed to rapidly refuel the aircraft and allow it to complete a second sortie in a short amount of time.

During a hot pit refuel the pilot will stay in the cockpit with the jet running while the maintenance crews perform safety checks and refuel the aircraft allowing it to return to flight in minimum time.

"Our maintainers got 12 aircraft out on the line and got them flying and not only started with 12 but then launched another 12 and another 12 and kept it going until we got 62 sorties," said Spears. "This would not have happened if not for the Airmen working the jets."