Military aircraft seek shelter from storm at Wright-Patt

Pilots with the 159th Fighter Squadron and technicians with the 88th Logistics Squadron secure Florida Air National Guard F-15 Eagles after they landed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Aug. 30. The F-15s were some of several Air Force and Navy aircraft taking safe haven at Wright-Patterson AFB as Hurricane Dorian threatened their home stations.

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Pilots with the 159th Fighter Squadron and technicians with the 88th Logistics Squadron secure Florida Air National Guard F-15 Eagles after they landed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Aug. 30. The F-15s were some of several Air Force and Navy aircraft taking safe haven at Wright-Patterson AFB as Hurricane Dorian threatened their home stations.

Air Force and Navy aircraft have landed here to evacuate out of the path of Hurricane Dorian.

Aircraft began arriving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Aug. 30, including F-15C Eagles from the 125th Fighter Wing out of Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Florida, and Navy P-8 Poseidons from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

“Supporting aircrew and aircraft from other bases is part of our mission, and something we take very seriously … we know the importance of taking care of our brothers and sisters while they face challenges back at home,” said Col. Thomas Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander. “We welcome the crews that recently arrived, and we’re thinking about all of those in the southeastern United States who have and may be impacted by the hurricane.”

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The base stands ready to accept other aircraft as the situation evolves. Currently, plans are in place for Wright-Patterson AFB to take in Navy E-2 Hawkeye aircraft from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia, and Air Force KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tankers from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Those plans are subject to change, depending on the future direction and movement of Hurricane Dorian.

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