Florida-based fighter jets coming to join Alaska air force following hurricane

An F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, departs the runway May 3, 2017, in support of Exercise Northern Edge 2017.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Military officials are recommending that a portion of fighter jets from Florida should come up to Anchorage, citing that the planes are still operational and need to go elsewhere.

The operational F-22 Raptors, which were formerly housed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, will now be moved to other operational bases across the country, including at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, according to a news release issued by Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan.

In the release, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, said, "We have recommended that the best path forward to increase readiness and use money wisely is to consolidate the operational F-22s formerly at Tyndall in Alaska, Hawaii and Virginia, and make the decision now to put the next three squadrons of F-35s beyond those for which we have already made decisions at Tyndall."

The need to move the planes stems from Hurricane Michael, which hit the gulf coast on Oct. 10, damaging a reported 95 percent of the facilities at Tyndall AFB, including the base’s hangars and flights operations buildings.

Sullivan called the hurricane "a tragedy that caused catastrophic damage to Tyndall."

"Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson stands ready to support additional F-22s, and Alaskans stand proud in welcoming our new airmen and their families to our great state," Sullivan said in a statement.



 
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