Military jets land at WPAFB for shelter from Irma, more on the way

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Airman 1st Class Brittany A. Chase, File)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) – Eight F-15 military aircraft from the 125th Fighter Wing out of Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Florida, will be landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Thursday afternoon, according to base officials.

The aircraft are evacuating out of harm’s way from Hurricane Irma.

Additional aircraft will seek shelter at Wright-Patt and are expected to arrive between 10:00 am and 5:15 pm Friday. They include:

  • Six F-15s from the 125th Fighter Wing out of Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Fla.;
  • Eight P-8s and six P-3s from the Patrol Squadron
  • Thirty out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • Three C-17s from the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.

The Air Force routinely repositions aircraft to Wright-Patt in the case of major storms.

In 2014 more than 50 F-15E Strike Eagles were moved to the base from Seymore Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Arthur.

The practice is a precautionary measure to avoid potential damage from high winds.

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