Air Force planes leaving Virginia ahead of Hurricane Matthew

A U.S. military policeman stands in front of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet at the Siauliai airbase, some 230 km (144 miles) east of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Two US F-22 fighter, which are part of the Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. commitment to NATO's collective security and regional stability, arrived from their base in Britain as a show of force to help Baltic members protect their borders with Russia. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is moving some of its planes from Virginia to Ohio ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Col. Pete Fesler said in a statement Wednesday that he’s moving 44 F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons from Langley Air Force Base near Hampton, Virginia, to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, near Columbus, Ohio.

Fesler, commander of the 1st Fighter Wing, said the move is “purely a prudent measure” to safeguard against possible flooding and high winds.

About 100 support personnel will accompany the planes, which begin flying out Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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