F-22 Debut

Exclusive Pictures of Stealth Jet Raid on Syria

See the first images of the F-22’s combat debut—dropping 1,000-pound satellite-guided weapons on ISIS targets in Syria.

09.25.14 4:55 AM ET

The Daily Beast has obtained access to photos of the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor’s combat debut over Syria on September 22.

Four of the $150 million stealth fighters, which are assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing’s 27th Fighter Squadron, took part in the overnight raid. The strike package took off at night from the Al Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates and landed there in the early hours of September 23.

The jets that took part in the raid are among the newest of the 187 production Raptors—the last of which was delivered to the U.S. Air Force in May 2012—and are normally based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

With a recent upgrade called Increment 3.1, the F-22 adds the ability to attack ground targets with eight 250-pound satellite-guided bombs, make highly detailed photo-quality maps of the ground, and electronically attack enemy radars.

However, the Raptors just dropped 1,000-pound satellite-guided weapons during their first combat mission. The F-22’s powerful array of sensors was one of the primary reasons the Air Force chose to use the jet for the mission.

Primarily designed as an air superiority fighter, the F-22 has a ceiling of 60,000 feet and can cruise at greater than Mach 1.8 without fuel-guzzling afterburners. The jet is “redlined” at Mach 2, but structurally it can reach a maximum speed of Mach 2.25.

A U.S Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft leaves a KC-10 Extender after refueling over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria, September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland)

The US Air Force, Maj. Jeff Heiland

A U.S Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft leaves a KC-10 Extender after refueling over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf)

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf

An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf)

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf

An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf)

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf

An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf)

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf

An F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender prepares for flight to support strike operations over Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland)

U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender prepares for flight to support strike operations over Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland)

Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland)

U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft after strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland)

U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft after strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft after strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland)

U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft after strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft after strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland)

U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland

A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft after strike operations in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.