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Surviving F-22s Being Flown Out Of Tyndall after Hurricane Michael

Here Are The Photos Of The Surviving F-22s Being Flown Out Of Tyndall following the aftermath of Hurricane Michael

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors flown by the 27th Fighter Squadron pilots from Langley Air Force Base take off Oct. 22, 2018, from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. After Hurricane Michael swept the area, multiple major commands have mobilized relief assets in an effort to restore operations after the hurricane caused catastrophic damage to the base. (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes)

U.S.A.F Tyndall Air Force Base took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael Tyndall Air Force Base was heavily damaged earlier this month after the Category 4 storm tore through the base

According to few sources, More Than 17 F-22s May Have Been Damaged by Hurricane Michael But After weeks of rumor, hypothesis, and raw speculation, we finally have metrics from an official source as to how many of Tyndall Air Force Base’s 55 F-22 Raptors were left behind as Hurricane Michael made a direct hit on the installation, leaving immense destruction in its wake. It turns out, our estimated figures and those from our sources that we conveyed very early on were exactly right.

As reported by Military.com’s Oriana Pawlyk, a letter sent from Florida Senator Marco Rubio to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson reads in part:

“As you finalize damage assessments of the aircraft that endured Hurricane Michael, I urge you to begin implementation of the framework laid out by Secretary Mattis starting with all Tyndall AFB fighter aircraft… Additionally, I ask you waste no time or effort in providing a supplemental funding request to Congress to repair and restore these aircraft to mission capable status as soon as possible… As Hurricane Michael approached the Florida panhandle, 31 percent of F-22 aircraft at Tyndall Air Force Base were designated non-mission capable (NMC) and were sheltered in place.”

After the first assessment, the Air Force’s top leaders said the F-22s that had remained in Tyndall when Hurricane Michael struck were not as badly damaged as originally feared. According to the first reports, as many as 17 aircraft were possibly damaged by Michael. The Air Force has not disclosed yet how many Raptors were exactly damaged and the extent of such damages but the more recent figures point to 10 to 14 Raptors.

“Some F-22s that sustained minor damages will be moved to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, early next week to join F-22s that were previously moved there,” Military.com’s Oriana Pawlyk reported today. However, photographs released by the DoD in the last few hours show Raptors being flown out of Tyndall by pilots from the 27th Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langly-Eustis, Virginia, on Oct. 21 and 22.

Based on below images the following F-22A was in Tyndall when Hurricane Michael hit and survived it:

  • 01-4022
  • 02-4031
  • 02-4040
  • 03-4044
  • 04-4083
F-22 Raptors park on the runway at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 24, 2018. Since the Air Combat Command mobilized multiple relief assets, maintainers and crew chiefs have worked around the clock to ensure the Raptors are operational. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)
F-22 Raptors park on the runway at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 24, 2018. Since the Air Combat Command mobilized multiple relief assets, maintainers and crew chiefs have worked around the clock to ensure the Raptors are operational. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)
Airman 1st Class Daniel Phillips, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, salutes a pilot from the 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 24, 2018. Crew chiefs have worked around the clock to ensure the Raptors are operational. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)
F-22 Raptors are towed to the runway at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 24, 2018. Since the Air Combat Command mobilized multiple relief assets, maintainers and crew chiefs have worked around the clock to ensure the Raptors are operational. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)

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