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Media Advisory: Air Force announces F-22 fleet consolidation

Posted 7/29/2010   Updated 7/29/2010 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 290710

7/29/2010 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  -- Today the Air Force announced actions to consolidate the F-22 fleet. The Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force determined the most effective basing for the F-22. This requires redistributing aircraft from one F-22 squadron to units at four F-22 bases. A second squadron will be relocated to an existing F-22 base.

The affected bases are:

Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.: Deactivate one squadron of F-22s and redistribute that squadron's aircraft to other F-22 units. Relocate the remaining squadron to Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska - receive six additional aircraft

Langley Air Force Base, Va. - receive six additional aircraft

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. - receive two additional aircraft

Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. - receive one additional squadron

"This plan maximizes combat aircraft and squadrons available for contingencies," said Ms. Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary for installations. "By consolidating aircraft at existing bases, F-22 operational flexibility is enhanced."

Teams surveyed four F-22 bases, evaluating them for feasibility, timing, cost and planning purposes to accept additional F-22 aircraft. The Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force carefully considered the site survey results and military judgment factors in making these basing determinations. These actions will be finalized subject to completion of appropriate environmental analysis.

The F-22 Raptor combines stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, and represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities.


8/4/2010 3:26:35 PM ET
I received a comment from John a reader from San Antonio and wanted to clarify why Tyndall was chosen...Tyndall currently a single-unit F-22 installation with capacity for growth offers increased operational flexibility by co-locating an operational squadron with the existing flying training unit. Tyndall also offers sustained access to the Joint Gulf Range Complex. Balancing the regular Air Force fleet into three 2-squadron Wings coupled with a location that optimizes the fleets geographic distribution for Operation Noble Eagle and Combatant Commander commitments makes Tyndall the Air Forces preferred alternative.
Lt Cody Chiles 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Tyndall AFB
8/1/2010 2:41:07 PM ET
Glad to see Tyndall getting more aircraft. That's a big empty ramp with the F-15's gone and it gives more life to an already incredible base.
Richard K, Georgia
7/30/2010 9:43:19 AM ET
This is good news. I'm on assignment to Osan as a DOD civilian. I kept reading about the value of the Tyndall airspace and hoped we'd add instead of subtract missions. I read about Eglin adding and thought things looked bleak just 2 days ago. Now of course part of it is selffish I have a great house for sale but no buyers. I also can return from my overseas assignment in 2 years and will be proud and happy to see more F-22's spreading the message of Freedom and move back into my great house. It's the good ole Win Win situation. Congrats Tyndall
Dave Brett, Osan AB Korea
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