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Saturday, October 13, 2018

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.

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It's weird the Air Force didn't just fly them to another base.

#1 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-13 06:34 PM | Reply

Oh, 22 of them were left behind for "mainenace and safety issues."

#2 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-13 06:43 PM | Reply

Lockheed Martin shareholders are jumping for joy.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-10-13 06:45 PM | Reply

Real question should be, when were these f22s last actually accounted for.

Wanna get rich? Sell to the military.

Or perhaps in this case. "Sell" to the military.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-10-13 06:49 PM | Reply

Has Trump deployed paper towels yet?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-13 07:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Oh no. What will we menace the world with?

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-10-13 07:08 PM | Reply

$7.5 BILLION dollars. Unbelievable.

#7 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-13 07:09 PM | Reply

Lockheed Martin shareholders are jumping for joy.

Why? It's not like they are still in production.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-10-13 07:24 PM | Reply

It's weird the Air Force didn't just fly them to another base.

#1 | POSTED BY KARABEKIAN AT 2018-10-13 06:34 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

The birds couldn't fly. They were in overhaul periods. They maybe could have trucked them out, but it's a 44' wingspan. Not exactly easy to get down 2 lane roads. If you had a couple hundred line techs, which we don't because the line was shut down awhile back, they could have maybe pulled them apart and trucked them out but likely would have run out of time.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-10-13 10:10 PM | Reply

It's also $4 billion, not $7.5.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-10-13 10:12 PM | Reply

I had this notion where military aircraft are kept in bunkers that can withstand a relatively nearby nuclear blast. Is that just from the movies?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-13 10:13 PM | Reply

In America, yes. We just park them in hangars.

Around the globe it's a little different. In Norway we have enough gear stashed in nuclear bombardment resistant caves to outfit entire divisions of 10,000 - 15,000 troops to repel a Russian invasion.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-10-13 10:47 PM | Reply

LOL, a few pictures for busted doors and roofs and you freaks are all lathered up.

Take a deep breath, its interesting how you all decry Zerohedge until it fits your preconceptions.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-14 12:26 AM | Reply

I was stationed at Tyndall AFB back in the '90s when they had F-15s, and I don't remember ever seeing 22 planes in "hangar queen" status, which means the plane is unable to fly due to lack of spare parts or equipment (hangar queens are also used for spare parts, or canabalized, to keep other plane operational).

During my time at Tyndall, there were 3 F-15 squadrons, and each squadron generally had 1, maybe 2, hangar queens -- but 22?, that's a big number.

#14 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-10-14 07:23 AM | Reply

It's 4 Raptors and an f-16 target drone, not 22 or 15 from earlier reports.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-10-14 09:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#15

That makes way more sense.

#16 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-10-14 09:36 AM | Reply

Indeed. That would mean the entire 43rd Fighting Squadron was down for major overhaul instead of just 1 flight.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-10-14 10:31 AM | Reply

#11/#12

When I was stationed in Germany in the ‘80's, the rumor was there was an underground storage complex under the base. It was always, "I know a guy who knows a guy" type stuff. I know for sure we had "special weapons" teams, who were ostensibly NBC guys, emphasis on the N. That base is apparently now a vast storage site for an auto rental company, so who knows.

#18 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-14 10:52 AM | Reply

The cave stashes are just standard mechanized division hardware. M1s, Humvees, MRAPs, etc. A lot of it is Marine hardware for a rapidly deployed expeditionary unit being rushed to the front.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-10-14 11:04 AM | Reply

Military experts sitting in their recliners knew that Hurrican Michael would increase in potential from a 2 to almost a 5 but failed to tell the rest of us. Clowns criticize after the fact, I have no bone in this argument but I do see ridiculous fools saying what should have been done after the fact.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2018-10-14 12:01 PM | Reply

#20 The details about what happened at this AFB and what equipment was lost are so slippery, I'm not sure how anybody can armchair QB this situation.

#21 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-14 12:21 PM | Reply

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