C-130J Super Hercules at Palau International Airport yesterday

11/19/20 – JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – Two F-22 Raptors will conduct a hot-pit refuel Nov. 23 at Koror Palau International Airport using an Aerial Bulk Fuel Delivery System carried onboard a C-130J Super Hercules.

The aircraft will arrive in the morning and depart that afternoon.

Hot-pit refueling is conducted when the aircraft’s pilot doesn’t shut the aircraft’s engine down while it is being refueled. The F-22s will leave Palau as soon as refueling is complete. The C-130Js will depart Palau after the F-22 Raptors.

The 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base LangleyEustis, Virginia, is deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of a dynamic force employment and is conducting missions in the western Pacific with allies, partners and other U.S. services. 

Airmen participating in this event will be restricted to designated locations identified by the Palau government and will have no contact with anyone from Palau to mitigate the possible transmission of COVID-19. Airmen will also wear their masks and practice social distancing.

The C-130J Super Hercules is deployed from the 36th Airlift Squadron, 374th Airlift Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan. 

Media with inquiries about the F-22 Raptor deployment to the Indo-Pacific region should call PACAF Public Affairs at 808-448-3225 or 808-221-6148.  

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