The first six U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jets arrived at Eglin Air Force Base on Nov. 20 following their temporary relocation from hurricane-ravaged Tyndall AFB.
The 43rd and 2nd Fighter Squadron aircraft arrivals are part of the recently-announced moves by the Air Force in the wake of Hurricane Michael.
The initial Raptors, with more on the way, will share flight line space with their fellow fifth generation fighter, the F-35A Lightning II.
The unit assets were reassigned as Tyndall begins its long-term recovery following the devastation caused by the hurricane, which struck the base in early October 2018.
“These decisions were important first steps to provide stability and certainty,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “We’re working hard to return their lives to normalcy as quickly as possible.”
“We will rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base,” said Vice President Mike Pence while at the north Florida base Oct. 25.