Air Force Makes Costly Mistake
Article from the Washington Free Beacon by Bill Gertz.
The Air Force lost several advanced F-22 stealth fighters that were damaged or destroyed during the hurricane that leveled Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida last week.
Air Force sources said 17 F-22s—one of the military’s most advanced stealth fighter jets—were unable to fly away to avoid the Category 4 storm and were damaged in hangars at the base that were not built to withstand major hurricanes.
Most of the stay-behind aircraft, including F-22s QF-16 target drones and Mu-2 aircraft trainers, sustained some damage and several were destroyed when Hurricane Michael came ashore near the base on the Oct. 10.
The jets cost around $150 million each, and when research and development costs of the F-22 over nearly 25 years since 1986 are factored in, the cost of the aircraft could be as high as $330 million.
Read the entire article at the Washington Free Beacon.
An F-22 Raptor is more expensive than 150 million a copy. Try about 450 million a copy. Why couldn’t they have been loaded onto semis or onto railroad flatcars and moved North and West away from the hurricane?
Possibly for the following reason or reasons. To Damned Dumb
“…one of the military’s most advanced stealth fighter jets—were unable to fly away?!