32 F-22 Raptors moved to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base to escape Hurricane Matthew

Oct 08 2016 - 5 Comments

F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons from Langley were “Hurrevaced” to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base.

The top image is quite impressive.

It shows 32 F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis on the ramp of the 121st Air Refueling Wing, at Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio.

The stealth multirole jets have arrived at the base south of Columbus, along with 10 – 12 T-38 Talons, on Oct. 5, to escape from Hurricane Matthews.

Many airbases located on the East Coast (and in Florida) have been “Hurrevaced” (from HurrEvac – Hurricane Evacuation) with their aircraft moved across the country.

During Hurricane Hermine in late August, Rickenbacker hosted several A-10s from Moody AFB, Georgia, whereas as many as 13 F-22 Raptors from Langley were squeezed inside a giant NASA Langley Research Center hangar, rated for Cat. 2 hurricanes.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force



  • Uniform223

    After seeing that picture I’ll admit that I had half a stalk

  • Jan Schmidt

    ok. so anti-stealth ops must include hurrican-creating weapons? see movie

    The Noah’s Ark Principle (Germany 1984, directed by Roland Emmerich)


    Wow. Just unfair. Imagine these Raptors stationed in Poland. russian fighter pilots would be having nightmares.

  • alexander the new yorker

    is it wise to put all your golden eggs in one basket ?

  • Larry Hall

    Someday these will be resting in the Boneyard…