Hurricane Michael Damaged a Bunch of F-22s

Raptors Wrecked By Michael

The US Air Force reported on Monday that there was extensive damage to its Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Various reports indicate that although Tyndall was evacuated of its staff and their 600 families, a number of jets were left behind. News.com.au reports that 33 of Tyndall's 55 Raptors were flown to OH, but that would still leave 22 planes that had remained in Florida.

Airmen from the 821st Contingency Response Group received the alert call the next day and within 12 hours, a small initial assessment team headed out the door via a Travis C-17 Globemaster III to assess damage to the airfield, Travis officials report.

The F-22 Raptor is among the most technologically advanced warplanes the USA uses. At some $150 United States dollars million per jet as a unit cost, the total loss could run to $3.3 billion in a worst-case scenario. For perspective, when Canada this summer announced plans to buy 25 used F-18 fighter jets from Australia, it put aside just $500 million CAD for the purchase.

In an email to the AirForce Times outlet, air force spokesperson Ann Stefanek confirmed that fighter jets were left in hangars, and that all those hangars were damaged. I know that you are eager to return.

The F-22s that made it off base were evacuated to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, Stefanek said.

Pentagon photos showed that destruction at the base affected every aircraft hangar, including one holding F-22s that was severely damaged.

"Tyndall AFB is home to some of our nation's most important training and operational missions, not to mention thousands of devoted service members and civilians".

Nelson, like the air force, gave no information on how many planes were on the base during the storm or how many were damaged.

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Then last week Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm of its kind to hit Florida in about 50 years, devastated Tyndall Air Force Base, all but wiping it off the map.

The statement also didn't indicate when personnel would return other than to say "it will take time to recover, but we've been through this before and our airmen are up to the challenge".

"We also looked into each of the hangars that housed aircraft which weathered the storm for maintenance or safety reasons", the statement said.

This has been a major undertaking, but we are better than we were yesterday, and tomorrow will be even better.

Speaking to reporters at Tallahassee International Airport, Nelson sought to dismiss growing concerns that the storm-battered base will follow the path of what had been Homestead Air Force Base after it was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. But Nelson, who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said that fears that Tyndall will close are in his opinion "unfounded".

But Nelson said Tyndall won't suffer the same fate.

Some of the organizations Perez and her group suggest donating to include the American Red Cross, which has a goal of raising $50,000 towards Hurricane Michael relief efforts, and the Air Force Enlisted Village, an assistance fund charity.

In addition to the Raptors, Tyndall is home to T-38 Talon subsonic jet trainers, MU-2 Japanese high-wing, twin-engine turboprop aircraft and QF-16s, which are fighter jets converted into drones for target practice.

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