NOAA has a tool for Tyndall personnel to check on their homes...or look for the missing F22s

Elizabeth Howe
October 15, 2018 - 8:30 am

Photo courtesy of Senior Airman Keifer Bowes

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Tyndall Air Force Base and the Florida panhandle have a long road to recovery and, as the extent of the damage is assessed by civil engineers and drone footage, the cost of that recovery continues to grow.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a tool for airmen and families to check on their property using aerial images of Tyndall while the installation remains evacuated. The National Geodetic Survey flies two missions a day to update images every 12 hours. And some of those images revealed much more costly damage than just rooftops.

Out of Tyndall Air Force Base's 55 F-22s, 33 were sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. So where are the other 22?  

At least 17 of those F-22s were on Tyndall — because of maintenance and safety concerns they weren't flight capable and were instead moved to the strongest hangars available on the installation. However, it doesn't look like those hangars held up too well. 

At $339 million a pop, the damage to the 17 confirmed on Tyndall and the cost implicated by the five still missing, Michael's damages to aircraft alone could top out in the billions. The total value of the 22 F-22s that may be on Tyndall in varying states of destruction is $7.5 billion. Beyond costs, the Air Force's combat readiness has taken a comparably devastating hit — 17 F-22s comprise roughly ten percent of the United States Raptor fleet.

Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright spoke at a press conference on Tyndall Sunday evening. 

And Lt. Gen. Scott Williams released a statement via Facebook with a message echoing that of the Air Force leaders — everyone is working as quickly as possible to return Tyndall Air Force Base to operational status.