The F-22 Is Finally Seeing Action After Seven Years

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A mere seven years (less than two presidential terms) after it was declared fit for combat operations—and then repeatedly grounded for operational issues—the F-22 Raptor has finally had its first taste of war in the skies over what used to be Syria but is now ISIS territory.

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The F-22 fleet has been quietly deployed to a UAE airbase since 2012, originally as a deterrent against Iran's nuclear aspirations (remember when that was the biggest crisis facing the world?). However, early Tuesday morning these weapons of war streaked across the Syrian sky and rained down ruination upon an ISIS stronghold. You can see video of the strike, recorded by the plane's onboard synthetic aperture radar over at The Aviationist. [D1]

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Good thing we have a reason to put them into use to justify their expensive price tag. It's interesting that we're using ultra expensive hardware to try to take out a group that's primitive in comparison. Unfortunately, as they said in the first Gulf War, you can't win a war with airpower alone, which the U.S. is going to try to do since they're not sending in troops. So I'm not sure how this is supposed to play out. It's not like the Coalition can continue to bomb potential ISIS sites 24/7.