Black Sheep Stand Down

Posted 13 May 2011
Photo by TSgt. Joe Laws

The 8th Fighter Squadron, the active duty F-22 unit at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, was officially inactivated in ceremonies on 13 May 2011. The 8th FS, known as the Black Sheep, had been reactivated in September 2009 after being inactivated April 2008 following the retirement of the F-117 Nighthawk. The squadron will once again be placed in inactive status as a result of the changing of the flying mission at Holloman. The 8th FS inactivation will mark only the second time in the squadron’s sixty-one year history it has been inactive The 8th FS Raptors will be absorbed into the 7th FS at Holloman and other F-22 squadrons at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Langley AFB, Virginia, and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

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