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