Raptors at the ready

  • A Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptor 199th Fighter Squadron pilot who goes by the callsign ‘Drama’ smiles while meeting with the public Thursday at Hilo International Airport.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald The public gathers to see Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptors Thursday at Hilo International Airport. The Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptors will be training in Hilo until Saturday.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kauakoko McGerity, 2, (center) gives a high-five to a Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptor 199th Fighter Squadron pilot who goes by the callsign 'Duster' Thursday at Hilo International Airport. The Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptors will be training in Hilo until Saturday.
  • On a trip to the Hilo International Airport on Thursday, twin brothers Koamalu (left) and ‘Alemana Hanohano-Kaeo, 4, (right) and their cousin Kauakoko McGerity, 2, (center) meet a Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptor 199th Fighter Squadron pilot who goes by the callsign ‘Duster.’ The Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptors will be training in Hilo until Saturday. (Photos by HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

    HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Twin brothers Koamalu (left) and ‘Alemana Hanohano-Kaeo, 4, (right) and their cousin Kauakoko McGerity, 2, (center) meet a Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptor 199th Fighter Squadron pilot who goes by the call sign, Duster Thursday at Hilo International Airport. The Hawaii Air National Guard F22 Raptors will be training in Hilo until Saturday.

HILO — Curious residents gathered Thursday at Hilo International Airport to look at four Hawaii Air National Guard fighter jets conducting training exercises on the Big Island.