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VIDEO: F-22 Raptor Pilot Talks About Being in Hilo

November 1, 2018, 8:24 PM HST (Updated November 2, 2018, 2:58 PM)
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The Hawai‘i Air National Guard (HIANG) repositioned four F-22 Raptors to the Hilo International Airport on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

HIANG F-22 Raptors at the Hilo Airport on Nov. 1, 2018. PC: BIN

A public viewing exhibit of the planes was held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

F-22 Raptor at the Hilo Airport on Nov. 1, 2018. BIN Photo

HIANG is continuing their initiative in conducting logistics capabilities training in case the aircrafts need to be diverted to alternate air fields in the Hawaiian Islands.

HIANG F-22 Raptor at the Hilo Airport on Nov. 1, 2018. PC: BIN

Big Island Now (BIN) had the opportunity to speak to one of the pilots of the planes. HIANG policy is not to release the names of their pilots so BIN did not get to address the pilot by name nor can we state who or where this pilot is from. He did state that he had been a pilot for about three years now.

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HAWAI‘I ISLAND: Interview with Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor pilot. Due to security reasons… I can’t release his name.The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) informs Hawai‘i Island residents of an increase in air activity over the Hilo area from Thursday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, as the Hawai‘i Air National Guard (HIANG) will be operating and repositioning four F-22 Raptors at the Hilo International Airport.More information here: http://bigislandnow.com/2018/10/30/increase-in-air-activity-over-hilo-public-viewing-of-f-22-raptors/#BigIslandNow #BigIslandNowLIVE

Posted by BigIslandNow.com on Thursday, November 1, 2018

Another viewing exhibit open to the public will happen on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

HIANG F-22 Raptor at the Hilo Airport on Nov. 1, 2018. PC: BIN

The aircrafts will be located on the ramp on the east end of the terminal.

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