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Refueling Raptors in Key West

Man looks out window of aircraft

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Patterson, 128th Air Refueling Wing boom operator, prepares to refuel an F-22 Raptor over the Gulf of Mexico, July 15, 2021. The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th ARW assisted the 325th Fighter Wing with inflight refuels during the F-22 Formal Training Unit dissimilar air combat training capstone at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

A fighter jet flies behind a refueling boom

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing approaches the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, over the Gulf of Mexico, July 15, 2021. Student pilots with the 43d Fighter Squadron participated in dissimilar air combat training missions during a training exercise to Naval Air Station Key West, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

A jet flies next to the wing of another aircraft

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing flies alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, over the Gulf of Mexico, July 15, 2021. The 128th ARW assisted the 325th FW with inflight refueling during the F-22 Formal Training Unit dissimilar air combat training capstone at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

A fighter jet flies behind a refueling boom

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing approaches the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, over the Gulf of Mexico, July 15, 2021. The 325th FW mobilized to Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, to support the F-22 Formal Training Unit capstone where student pilots participated in dissimilar air combat training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

A tanker aircraft sits on the flight line during sunrise

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, sits on the flight line at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, July 15, 2021. The 128th ARW assisted the 325th Fighter Wing with inflight refuels during the F-22 Formal Training Unit dissimilar air combat training capstone in southern Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)

NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST, Fla. -- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Patterson, 128th Air Refueling Wing boom operator, prepares to refuel an F-22 Raptor over the Gulf of Mexico, July 15, 2021. The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th ARW assisted the 325th Fighter Wing with inflight refuels during the F-22 Formal Training Unit dissimilar air combat training capstone at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Sturk)