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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  • AJ

    Their own fault they should have moved them all they had plenty of notice

    • MikeH

      No, they didn’t really have notice. The aircraft cycle into maintenence periods so not all of the aircraft are movable at any given time. The aircraft they could move they did and these were the ones that were undergoing significant maintenence. They didn’t have enough notice to transport them out with heavy lifters assuming that is even possible. It might not be possible to break them down to a air transportable configuration. So they tuck them away into hangars built to some wind resistance standard but obviously not a cat 4 hurricane one. Remember too this was the highest winds to ever make landfall so it was a once in a lifetime storm.

      • AJ

        With the huge cost per plane you would think they could design hurrican proof hangers or even underground storage

        • Tudor Miron

          They could but building transgender toilets proved to be more important for US national security.

          • FlorianGeyer

            I am pleased that you realise that Tudor. It shows that not all Russians are old fashioned :)

            The ‘Trans Gender Toilet Programme’ is now a separate ( and profitable ) arm of Lockhead Martin and is a proud recognition of American Democratic Values.

          • wwinsti

            Are the TGTs invisible? Can they destroy the s400?

          • FlorianGeyer

            Only if they are not ‘leaking’ and during a sand storm I think .

        • FlorianGeyer

          Like this sort of hangar AJ :)
          Far cheaper than a F22 :)

          http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/upload/iblock/ac6/1.jpg

          • so

            Not so sure about that given the endless corruption and kickbacks etc. of the US government. Of course there’s no money for affordable health care and a living wage.

          • BMWA1

            Loos like Milovice

        • MikeH

          I read somewhere that the hangars were built to 135 mph wind standards. This would be fine except for Michael with the highest windspeed to make landfall AND a direct hit on the airbase.

        • Jens Holm

          Yes, or taken them to a safer destination.

      • so

        The storm was sitting off the South American coast for three weeks! Maybe it was God telling the Air Force to stick it

      • Jesus

        “””The aircraft they could move they did and these were the ones that were undergoing significant maintenence.”””.

        What significant work have the F22’s been doing to warrant such “significant maintenance”?

        • MikeH

          Anything that keeps them from flying would be significant in this circumstance. These planes are known to be high-maintenance hangar-queens. They likely rotate them for the training programs that are conducted at that airbase.

        • Jens Holm

          USA are like that.

          Russia ask for no war in Syria every time they have lack of weapons for it.

        • Bill Wilson

          About all fighter aircraft require several hours of maintenance for every hour of flight time. After X number of flying hours the mechanics really dig into those to remove components for inspection to see if they need to be rebuilt or replaced. All that takes a considerable amount of time along with putting everything back. The USAF can’t load those up on truck trailers to haul away to safety unless the wings are removed. That has to be done at the factory so those were left behind with hopes they could weather the storm inside the hangers.

      • BMWA1

        Very interesting comment, the 22 STILL on base because of repair needs is ALSO indicative of excessive maintenance requirements, these birds are not flying combat.

    • FlorianGeyer

      They thought the Hanger was a ‘Safe Place’ :)
      The F22’s will need immediate counselling.

      I blame Russia for this :)

      • so

        It’s their proxy the Cubans. No more “Moros y Cristianos” for you!

        • FlorianGeyer

          The US will soon have her proxy ISIS and Al Nusra refugees to worry about as well.
          Oh , and White Helmet Oscar winners as well. Its rude to forget those ‘Life Savers’.

          Its really going to be a blast in the US when that lot have their reunions :)

          • Jens Holm

            Yerrrh, even babies in Syria wear white helmets.

          • FlorianGeyer

            It appears from your rather odd comment, that far to many babies in Denmark have had their penis sucked by a Rabbi whose face is spattered with blood Jens.

            If your ‘helmet’ is white in your old age , its worth using some soap and warm water to clean it :)

          • Jens Holm

            We are fine with all jews here according that. They are one of our best kind of citicens.

            Our problems about that and a lot more in family and crime came in with the 30 times more muslim incommers. 50% should not be here at all. They are only onprductive expensives. Even we give them everything most of them dont improve at all.

            They cost us 33 billion kroner, thats 5 billion dollars netto out. Most od them are not criminal at all, ubless its a crime not to integrate. Some cant = OK, but the WONT shoukld be made more criminel. In the last sektor – a small one – we see it in the jails. 50% in jails are from that habitat. in our safehouses its same thing. muslim vomen and girls fill them up having big problems.

            Its classic Islam in the bad version. They cant decide their housbound, they are not allowed to educate and take well paid jobs, because so many men thing thier carrot has learned them not to repspect, whats needed in our kind of “Sunnni”.

            Well educated women wont have some uneducated and often unimployed husbound using a lot of time in mens club playing cards.

            Rabbis never will allow and accept that at all, but mens parents too often doo. Rabbis almost kick jewish children and especially the boys telling them, thaat they as minimum should make an own income for a familiy.

  • Richard

    Good news for the manufacturers of replacements!

    • so

      You mean for the Chinese?

  • Jenny Lancaster

    they should have just gone to stealth mode lol

  • Merijn

    Oh only a couple of Billions Damage….Boys let that Moneyprinting-Machine run a little Faster…The U.S-Taxpayer is always very willing to Donate a Couple of Billions & Trillions…take whatever you need….No Problem…

    • Tudor Miron

      Did you mean debt printing machine?

      • Merijn

        You can look at it that way too….yeah

    • Jesus

      They do not make replacements.

  • It’s allright guys, we just need to shovel a few billion dollars into the furnace known as ‘Lockheed-Martin’ to fix the problem.

  • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

    Gee-wiz, man! Putin dunnit! Is there no end to the power of Putin???
    First we have the bulldozer of hurricane Trump and now this directed power of Michael.
    Surely, the meteorologists must now name a hurricane after Putin, perhaps the one before 4th November, landing square against the EVIL HQ in Washington DC???

    • FlorianGeyer

      The British Government are in complete solidarity with the US and sanctions against all those connected to the ‘Russian Weather Facilities ‘ in Siberia will be hit. :)

  • FlorianGeyer

    Well, the US Military didn’t see that coming.

    Damn clever these ‘Ruski’s ‘ :)

    https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.2fEoYiz3Usm6GZMv4QSFigHaFC&pid=Api&P=0&w=226&h=155

    • so

      Your on fire today.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Lol.
        Its raining here and being a pensioner, I have time on my hands :)

  • gustavo

    22X250 millions= 3.3 Billions, no problem, central bank will print more paper for you USA.

    • Jens Holm

      They do have insurrence over there too. But someone has to pay.

  • Rick Costello

    And, of course, no one thought for a moment “Gee, storm’s coming, how bout we fly em to Texas or New York for a week.”

    These are the bozos that run our country and its wars everywhere. Ever wonder why we never seem to ‘win’ any wars? They just go on and on and on…

  • Krockman

    Why didn’t you fly them away ?

    • JPH

      Those which could did. Those which couldn’t had to risk being damaged.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    hahhahaah i think this is God punishing US :)))

  • H Eccles

    … just think how many lives have been saved by the destrucion of those fighter jets.