Introduction — Oct 14, 2018
As the following report relates up to 22 of America’s most advanced stealth may have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Michael, which passed through the US Air Force’s Tyndall Airbase in Florida.
However, there may be more to this than there seems. Admittedly it’s speculative but it’s also intriguing and very plausible. The alternative explanation as to what has really happened follows this report. Ed.
F-22 Raptors damaged, destroyed by Hurricane Michael
Jamie Seidel — News Corp Australia Oct 14, 2018
THE US Air Force’s Tyndall Air Base in Florida has taken a direct hit. Many of its ultra-advanced F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have been caught on the ground.
Exactly how many of the $475 million aircraft were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Michael has not yet been revealed.
The United States Air Force could only afford to buy 187 operational examples of the 5th generation stealth fighter. Now, that number may have been significantly reduced.
#HurricaneMichael barreled over the Florida Panhandle causing extensive damage to Tyndall Air Force Base, #Florida, Oct. 10. This footage, captured the next day, shows the damage down U.S. Highway 98, which cuts through the center of the base. #TyndallAFB pic.twitter.com/VmF8gMS6A7
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) October 12, 2018
US authorities won’t yet confirm or deny the details.
Standard procedure is for all combat and support jets to fly to safe havens ahead of such an intense storm.
But not all are able to get into the air.
Complicated aircraft such as the F-22 must spend much of their time in hangars having their electronics, engines, equipment and structure being maintained and repaired.
So when Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Coast near Tyndall Air Force Base on Thursday, an unspecified number of the 55-strong Raptor fleet was still on the ground.
Almost all personnel had been evacuated from Tyndall before the Category 4 hurricane crossed the coast. Air force officials admit returning assessment teams have found “widespread catastrophic damage”.
We know 55 Raptors are based there.
Reportedly, 33 F-22s sought sanctuary at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
That leaves 22 of the $475 million warplanes unaccounted for.
Nice work mil/Civ/contractors getting Team Tyndall “Alberto Ready”!!! pic.twitter.com/UPhTkNBx43
— 53 WEG COMMANDER (@53WEG_Commander) May 27, 2018
Unconfirmed reports suggest at least six — and possibly many more — were forced to seek shelter in the air base’s ‘hurricane-proof’ hangars to tough out the approaching storm.
But Tyndall took a direct hit.