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East Coast Fighter Jets Seek Shelter At Indiana Base

Grissom Air Reserve Base in Miami County will be a “home away from home” for a fighter wing unit based on the east coast.

Tech Sgt. Doug Hayes said approximately 20 F-22 Raptors and 95 to 100 support personnel from the 1st Fighter Wing arrived Friday from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Hayes said Grissom received a call earlier in the week when it became apparent that Hurricane Irene was going to be a threat to the east coast. Hayes said Grissom’s accommodations vary depending upon the size of the aircraft, but the base is open to housing whatever aircraft they can when needed.

“Depends on the type of aircraft, fighters, we can handle a whole lot of fighters. If you have large aircraft that are coming in we can’t handle quite as many of them,” Hayes said. “But we’ve got a lot of ramp space, so we will take as many as we can wedge in here to keep them safe and protect those assets.”

Grissom Air Reserve Base is home to the 434th Air Refueling Wing. Hayes said it has been an inland haven for coastal bases for years.


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