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Hurricane Cost May Skyrocket As Billions In Stealth Fighter Jets Unaccounted For; Tyndall AFB “Complete Loss”

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After Hurricane Michael rendered Tyndall Air Force Base a “complete loss” from “widespread, catastrophic damage” – questions remain over nearly two-dozen F-22 Stealth Fighters which are unaccounted for.

According to the New York Times, Tyndall is home to 55 stealth fighters, “which cost a dizzying $339 million each.” Before Michael hit, the Air Force evacuated at least 33 of the planes to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, however they would not comment on the status of the remaining 22 fighters.

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Air Force officials have not disclosed the whereabouts of the remaining 22 planes, other than to say that a number of aircraft were left at the base because of maintenance or safety reasons.

An Air Force spokeswoman, Maj. Malinda Singleton, would not confirm that any of the aircraft left behind were F-22s.

But photos and video from the wreckage of the baseshowed the distinctive contours of the F-22’s squared tail fins and angled vertical stabilizers amid a jumble of rubble in the base’s largest building, Hangar 5. Another photo shows the distinctive jet in a smaller hangar that had its doors and a wall ripped off by wind.

All of the hangars at the base were damaged, Major Singleton said Friday. “We anticipate the aircraft parked inside may be damaged as well,” she said, “but we won’t know the extent until our crews can safely enter those hangars and make an assessment.” –NYT

F-22s are notoriously finicky and, as the Times puts it “not always flight-worthy.” The Air Force reported earlier this year that just 49% of F-22s were mission ready at any given time – the lowest rate of any fighter in the Air Force. The total value of the unaccounted-for fighters is arouind $7.5 billion.

The eye of Hurricane Michael traveled directly over Tyndall, peeling back stormproof roofs like tin cans and flipping over an F-15 fighter jet display at the base entrance.

When it was over, the base lay in ruins, amid what the Air Force called “widespread catastrophic damage.” There were no reported injuries, in part because nearly all personnel had been ordered to leave in advance of the Category 4 hurricane’s landfall. Commanders still sifting through mounds of wreckage Thursday could not say when evacuation orders would be lifted. –NYT

The last Air Force Base to suffer catastrophic damage was in 1992, when Category 5 Hurricane Andrew slammed into Homestead Air Force Base just south of Miami with winds estimated at 150 m.p.h. Two years later it was reopened as a smaller, Air Force Reserve base.

Tyndall, where about 3,600 airmen are stationed, sits on 29,000 acres that include undeveloped woods and beaches, as well as stores, restaurants, schools, a bowling alley and quiet, tree-lined streets with hundreds of homes for both active-duty and retired military. Video footage captured the ruin there, too: The high-powered storm skinned roofs, shattered windows, and tossed cars and trailers like toys, transforming the normally pristine base into a trash heap. Multistory barracks buildings stood open to the sky. –NYT

“Tyndall residents and evacuated personnel should remain at their safe location,” said Col. Brian Laidlaw on Thursday. “We are actively developing plans to reunite families and plan to provide safe passage back to base housing.”

via www.zerohedge.com

28 COMMENTS

  1. Way to go Obama you worthless pile of camel dung. You eviscerated the military for your muslum brothers. This is the result of your plan, it worked for you, traitor. I hope karma hits you squarely in the head.

    • Oh, it will! God is angry at what happened to his country and put a real leader in charge! Before it is over, we will see the Deep State, the Muslim Regime, and their Communist leaders sitting in Gitmo awaiting military tribunals for treason against the U.S.! Please everyone, even if you dislike your Republican candidate, get out and vote straight RED. This is not your old Democratic Party, this new party is the DSA Party. Look what they have done to a Republican club in Manhattan! Then having the gall to put anarchy signs all over the building while writing on the walls that they will not be intimidated. Look what they did to Kavanaugh. We have got to get our country back from the Communist/Muslims who want to take it over!

      • you are so right, but what can you do or say to open the peoples eyes. i keep trying, but they seem to close their ears.

        • For the democrats you have to stuff their pockets full of money to do your bidding. All these kids that have turned 18 and are so against gun rights the democrats tickle their ears with what they want to hear. They don’t care about anything but getting in office and having power. They have all but ruined our country so they can get richer and richer. Their favorite game is “Pay to Play” politics. Clinton signed NAFTA into law and it allowed our manufacturing jobs to be farmed out of the country and caused the unemployment rate to skyrocket. I know this first hand because where I worked when it was signed into law had over 400 hourly manufacturing people on the shop floor. It took about 18 or 19 years but now there are less than 30 hourly people there. Our jobs went to China and Mexico. When you spend 20 or 30 years loyally working for a company and then they lay you all off but a handful of younger workers where do you think you will be able to find a job? No company wants to hire all these older workers and no jobs are created to replace all the manufacturing jobs sent overseas. And the government just couldn’t figure out why the unemployment rate was so high. I’ll be voting red come November and if you want our country to move forward and be put first for a change you will too.

    • VOTE RED NOV 2018 RED RED…IF
      it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. CLAPPER’S OWN CONFESSION
      AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2018, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT

    • That is too much for after all camel dung has many uses think classic halloween trick a brown paper bag and a bit of lighter fuel and a match ring the bell & run, hide & bust out not trying to laff . . . also home made thermite semtex (bomb) . . . or let it dry out for camp fire fuel . . . in all that is too much worth for a worthless one . . .

  2. If true and those remaining planes had not been moved out of the path of that storm ahead of time, heads should roll. Those military leaders who failed the taxpayers in protecting that investment should be court-martialed for gross negligence. Obviously if the report is not true, the authors of this article should be condemned.

      • AT the price of these multi-BILLION dollar hanger queens they can use a damn tow bar and tow the thing out of the state. it would be cheaper anyway.a 3/4 ton truck uses a hell of a lot less gasoline or diesel than two jet engines.

  3. I can see how this happened. There was less than 2 days to prepare for that hurricane. First it was a tropical storm. Then a hurricane one. Then a hurricane two. It was then expected to land as a three. Nobody expected a four until it was practically there. Most hurricanes start to break up and weaken as soon as it makes landfall. Not this time.

  4. I find this hard to believe. It’s protocol to move aircraft out of harms way to bases further inland away from the path of the force of weather. We, in fact did receive numerous aircraft from Shaw AFB in South Carolina, and Elgin AFB in Pennsicolla Florida. If a base didn’t move theirs, I see a big termination coming.

  5. We were talking about this yesterday and there did appear to be a hanger filled with F-22’s that was heavily damaged. There were what also appeared to be several Osprey craft as well in the wreckage.
    Michaels snuck up on everyone – remember there wasn’t the usual matter of a week plus – it was matter of a few days. if the aircraft were in maintenance there wouldn’t have been enough time to
    get them ready or flight. Sadly it is one of the few planes we have now that seem to really work, and with the fact we have so few of them this is a major blow to our fighting forces. It’s not the cost – it’s the loss which I am sure our enemies are jumping for joy about ! Tinder is one of our Area-51’s and who knows what else may have been lost ? There are rumored “black aircraft” flying out of there as well. I know that living in Florida we were so stunned after weekend reports down-
    played the hurricane – the when it strengthened and there was only about 2 1/2 days to prepare it is reasonable that aircraft undergoing maintenance could not be returned to flying condition fast
    enough. One can only wonder what kids of damage exist at Eglin which is not too far away and even more secret testing occurs. This is NOT good !

  6. Right on Nancy,You sound like a great American.My roots go back over 200 years and it is hard to stand by an watch a bunch of lawless renegade’s destroy what our ancestors have built.

  7. This is not acceptable. Our military has always known that this could happen down there. Why are those aircraft stationed down there? They should be stationed up North out of harms way.

  8. THE BASE OF OPERATIONS FOR THE FLORIDA AREA, with these craft could be as far away as north western georgia and still be viable for coastal defense. and this time build the hangars out of concrete, not tin. and in a zone where they can be UNDERGROUND.BUILD IT WITH FORE-THOUGHT, NOT AS AN ADD-ON.

  9. Thise planes could be made combat ready in 12 hours, the baser had a week to fix and fly out the F-22’s. Where the military will find the funds to repair/replace the missing or damaged planes? The F-22 program was initially set up yo build over 400 planew but our last Pr3sodent thought they were a waste of $$ because no other Air force could natch the performance of the current inventory. It eems to me any military would want to have as big of an advantage over possible adversaries as possible. But our last Presudent had no use for the military or the men that comprise the military. It didn’t matter how many lives were lost as long as his wasn’t one of them.

  10. Why did they not relocate the jets before the hurricane hit? That is the dumbest things I have ever heard of from the military. I agree with Robert Powell that the hangers need to be built out of re-enforced concrete, then even a level 5 hurricane would have trouble taking it down.

  11. I doubt President Trump will ignore this and quietly (or with fanfare) corrective actions will prevent a second occurrence.
    Please pray for a landslide Republican win so corrective actions to Establishment practices can and will be changed.

  12. Couldn’t the Air Force park the fighter planes underground in anticipation of these kinds of disasters? Seems negligent on their part to have almost $8 billion worth of aircraft destroyed without a plan B for hurricanes.

  13. Ever hear of a welded plate steel box to go over top of each plane that can a water tight seal at bottom of box, that will then bolt to the floor of the hangar? This prevents damage to planes from wind, debris, or rain. Costa less than relocation of planes to Ohio, as well.

  14. Yes it is far to many aircraft awaithing parts no command was ever allowed to be higher than 5% in the old days including bases in VIET ~ NAM . . . Even at that it does effect some missions & some ones head does get rolled . . . In all of the last 4 from the JACK ASS PARTY & RINO Ford at 1600 Penn one can well see what 20 + Liberal JACK ASS PARTY THINK that flakes off on to & in Flag rank officers think like too, it’s the very same think that was used by Mayor Negan in New Orleans with 1000’s of school & city busses to use and was not used for 6 days before the dam busted, One can even go all the way back to 7 Dec 1941 where the navy had our fleat all on shore leave as well as at the 2 fighter bases where air craft where parked wing tip to wing tip all because the left Generals & Admirals worried about security instead of shooting chickens in the hen house . . .

  15. I don’t understand why the military has full Air Force bases that close to the gulf or ocean where the full force of a hurricane can reach it. I could see an annex or small air base with several planes that are always in working order so they can be moved out of harms way in a hurry or scrambled to face a threat.

  16. I sit and watched Clinton lie and say how bad Reps are, yet she committed Treason with her Emails. Her lufe has been corrupt and violent. She let security team and ambassor die in a foriegn country and lie that it was caused by a viedo. She has over looked her and her husband have committed so many illegally actions. The Dems are a bunch of hateful and corrupt people
    To much have been allowed to permote vious acts a nd nothing is done to stop this situation. Time for jail time. This is like the civil war all over again. Who is going to stand up and put a stop to this behavior before someone gets killed. Trump has done much for this country and the Dems/press ignore this. Time to have Americans stand up and vore to keep Dems out of powe ft.

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