US F-22 Fighter Jets Severely Damaged in Florida Hurricane

US F-22 Fighter Jets Severely Damaged in Florida Hurricane

The 633 Air Base Wing Public Affairs has announced that Langley Air Force Base in Virginia was hosted F-22 Raptor fighter jets which were evacuated from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida after Hurricane Michael.

Hurricane Michael - the fourth Category 4 storm to in 14 months - snapped pine trees like toothpicks, washed neighborhoods into the sea, and of an Air Force base.

The US Air Force sustained a massive blow to its fleet of stealth fighters in October as a powerful hurricane possibly destroyed several F-22s and as an F-35 crash grounded the entire fleet of Joint Strike Fighters. Even the new buildings on the base sustained significant damage, Nelson said."The older buildings will have to be razed and rebuilt", Nelson said after his Sunday briefing.

The Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff and Chief Master Sergeant wanted to give an update for airmen and their families of Tyndall Air Fore Base.

"It is critically located right next to one of our greatest national assets, the Air Force Eastern Gulf Test and Training Range, which is the largest testing and training range for the United States military in the world", said Nelson.

Tyndall is home to more than two dozen F-22 Raptors, according to a media release from Nelsons office.

In the meantime, personnel can monitor https://www.tyndall.af.mil/Hurricane/ and the Tyndall Air Force Base Facebook page for the latest information.

"Each of us stand ready to work with the Air Force to rebuild Tyndall AFB and advocate for the resources needed to do so".

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Gen. Goldfein praised Tyndall leaders for safely evacuating 11,000 people from the base and getting some planes aloft more than 48 hours before the storm, as Michael quickly developed into one of the most potent hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. The Pentagon estimated the base's annual economic impact - combining payroll, expenditures and jobs created - at $596 million.

Tyndall is home to the 325th Fighter Wing, which trains pilots for the F-22 Raptors, which are each valued at up to $339 million.

Hurricane Michael made landfall not far from the base on Wednesday, and went on to claim at least 17 lives across four states, with Florida the worst hit.

"A number of aircraft were left behind in hangars due to maintenance or safety reasons, and all of those hangars are damaged", Stefanek said.

With the base unsafe for families to return, hundreds are displaced indefinitely, a priority for the Air Force.

Wilson, Goldfein and Wright issued a statement Sunday that noted no injuries occurred during the storm.

"It will take time to recover but we've been through this before and our Airmen are up to the challenge", Wilson's statement said. "However, damage was less than we feared and preliminary indications are promising".

Officials touring the facility in the aftermath of the storm said they "looked into each of the hangars that housed aircraft which weathered the storm. As the Air Force conducts its damage assessment, we request consistent, immediate, and detailed communication of the funding and support needed to fix infrastructure, restore operations and provide for local service members, civilians and their families", they added.

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