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Reserve Unit Resumes F-22 Flying Operations



JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Reservists with the 477th Fighter Group resumed F-22 flying operations during the unit's monthly drill weekend following a four month stand-down. The first six jets took off at 9 a.m. Oct. 15.

"Most of our pilots integrated into the flying schedule when our active duty counterparts returned to flight earlier this month," said Lt. Col. David Piffarerio, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander. "This UTA will be the first weekend that all of our Reserve pilots and maintainers will be training together."

Although the F-22's are back in the sky the Reserves will maintain an incremental return-to-fly plan similar to that of the active duty.

The stand-down, directed by the Air Combat Command commander, began May 3 as a safety precaution following 12 separate reported incidents where pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.

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