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DECEMBER 2020

Up To 22 F-22 Raptor Jets Of US Air Force Could Be Damaged By Hurricane Michael

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Up To 22 F-22 Raptor Jets Of US Air Force Could Be Damaged By Hurricane Michael

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An unknown number of aircraft, including the advanced F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets, were damaged when the Hurricane Michael mauled Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, the US Air Force confirmed.

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Defense News that some jets were parked inside Tyndall’s hangars due to maintenance or safety reasons. All of those hangars were hit by the hurricane. According to an official version, the Air Force was unable to identify the number of aircraft damaged and to say which models were impacted.

According to US media, out of the 55 F-22 jets stationed at the air base, 33 had been moved prior to the storm’s arrival. Thus, 22 were left at Tyndall. Considering the level of destruction, all of them could be damaged. One F-22 jet costs about $339m.

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