F-22 Raptor Poses for the Camera Next to Europe’s Biggest Conflict Since World War II

F-22 Raptor flying over Poland during NATO Air Shielding mission 17 photos
Photo: USAF/Staff Sgt. Kevin Long
F-22 Raptor flying over Poland during NATO Air Shielding missionF-22 Raptors during wall of fire demo in HawaiiF-22 Raptor climbing during air show in CanadaF-22 Raptor shows vulnerable underside with no fearF-22 Raptor over Alaska base during exerciseF-22 Raptor and the American flagF-22 Raptor taking off from Alaska baseF-22 Raptor taking off from HawaiiF-22 Raptor taking offF-22 Raptor over Nellis Air Force BaseF-22 RaptorF-22 RaptorF-22 RaptorF-22 RaptorF-22 RaptorF-22 Raptor
The easternmost part of Europe is currently engulfed in a war the size and scope of which the continent has not seen since the end of the Second World War. Back in February, Russia invaded Ukraine, and the two national armies have been at it ever since, with dramatic consequences for the invaded country.
Now, on its eastern part, Ukraine borders Russia, but to its west and south lie NATO countries Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. To stop the war from spilling over the border into these regions, thus pulling the alliance into the conflict, but also as a means to reassure the fears these nations might have when faced with the Russian aggression, a lot of NATO assets are now in the region.

Most of the airborne assets fly as part of an “increased air and missile defense posture along the Alliance’s eastern flank” called Air Shielding. Both fighter jets and ground assets are involved in this long-term mission, and they operate around the clock in the skies over the countries we mentioned above.

“This is purely defensive, and a key component of NATO's enhanced deterrence and defense posture,” NATO says about the mission. "Shielding involves deployments ranging from a few weeks to several months at air bases and key locations in the eastern part of the Alliance.”

America is in the region as well, and there’s no better proof of that than the pic of this here F-22 Raptor, captured on film as it was departing the vicinity of a KC-135 Stratotanker from which it refueled, and going straight into our Photo of the Day section.

The plane is seen here flying over an undisclosed part of Poland, and we know for a fact it’s American because, well, only Americans use these planes. We’re not told what unit it is deployed with, or from where it took flight.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Daniel Patrascu
Daniel Patrascu profile photo

Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories