That kind of makes them precious for the U.S. Air Force (USAF), which flies them regularly to keep them in shape, but also misses no opportunity to show the world how amazing the F-22 looks like doing what it was born to do.
From time to time, factors conspire to make the images released by the USAF show this killing machine in almost serene and peaceful stances. And what do you know in this world to be more serene and peaceful than a rainbow?
The shot we have here was snapped at the beginning of March, at the Marine Corps Base Kaneohe in Hawaii, during an Agile Combat Employment exercise christened Ho?oikaika. That would be “an operational concept that leverages networks of well-established and austere air bases, multi-capable Airmen, pre-positioned equipment, and airlift to rapidly deploy, disperse and maneuver combat capability throughout a theater,” as per the USAF.
It shows four Raptors deployed with the Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Fighter Squadron and 19th Fighter Squadron, their telltale canopies glimmering as they sit on the tarmac of the base, embraced from above by the seven colors of the rainbow in a painting-quality image.