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.