Tyndall F-22 Raptor Maintainers

BAY COUNTY-- Tyndall is home to the largest number of F-22 Raptors in the world.

That means the base needs more personnel capable of performing operation checks on the jets.

As Newschannel 7's Sanika Dange tells us, the base welcomed its newest group of F-22 Aircraft Maintainers Friday morning, after their final training event.

There's never a quiet moment at the Tyndall Air Force Base.

Certainly not Friday morning.

"Fun. Exciting. Closest time I'll ever come to flying this aircraft so pretty fun," said Staff Sgt. Kyle Blauzdis, 325th Maintenance Group Tech.

This group of student maintainers completed the final step of their training process by securing an F-22 Raptor and running the engines to full after-burner during an engine run test.

"We're going to go five minutes of idle, ten minutes at 80-percent RPMs. Then we're going to military power which is 100-percent RPMS and then all the way full after burner so it's gonna get louder, louder, louder and then it's going to get really loud"

The skill allows the maintainers to perform operational checks of the aircraft with all the systems operating.

Friday morning's training took just a few hours to complete, but students went through weeks of prior requirements, including classroom components and simulators.

Students must be a 5-or 7-level on the aircraft, meaning they have a pretty good knowledge of how the aircraft works.

"This is usually one of the last bits of training that they get. This is for the experienced personnel on the flight line."

Students say it's a responsibility they could quickly get used to.

"Something I've always wanted to do."

Sanika Dange, Newschannel 7.

These training certifications happen every couple of months.