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Despite wet weather, F-22's dazzle crowd on Leeward coast

Victor Aguilar Victor Aguilar
Melanie Moore Melanie Moore
Lt. Col. Chris Faurot Lt. Col. Chris Faurot
Senator Daniel Inouye Senator Daniel Inouye

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

Ko' Olina (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite some clouds and rain, hundreds of people turned out for the F-22 air show in Ko'Olina. Because of the wet weather one, not two, fighter jets performed during the fifteen minute demonstration. There was nothing that could dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.

"It's a little rainy, so not ideal conditions, but the display was just great happy to be here, " said Victor Aguilar of Ewa beach.

"The kids liked it, it was a little scary. I already told the kids they can't be fighter pilots when they grow up, I don't think I could handle it, " said Melanie Moore of Kaneohe.

The air show was part of the celebration marking the arrival of two of twenty F-22's that will be stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu. The two Raptor fighter jets received a Hawaiian welcome this Friday morning.

"We always wanna have an advantage over our enemy and so what this F-22 gives us it gives us the ability to take the fight to the enemy, reach out and touch him where he is at before he even knows we're there," said Lt. Col. Chris Faurot, a pilot for the 199th Fighter Squadron.

The Pacific Command is now the area of major concern to our nation. It is an area that may have a potential for explosions," said Senator Daniel Inouye, who attended the ceremony.

 The fancy warplanes comes a high cost, $147 million for each. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's most advanced aircraft. It can deflect radar and operate at super cruise speed of roughly 12-hundred miles an hour.

 For many, this was a once in a lifetime chance to see these fancy fighter jets in action.

"It's amazing to see the advances in aviation.That is something no one else has and we are proving everyday that if we had to defend our skies we'd have the capability to do it, " said Mahlon Braden of Kaneohe.

"If we need them in a crunch, I wouldn't want to be on the opposite side, they are a magnificent display of our fighting power, " said Lorraine Martinez of Honokai Hale.

The rest of the Raptor fighter jets will arrive on Oahu in stages, all twenty should arrive in Hawaii by November.

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