Dozens of military planes flying to WPAFB to escape Hurricane Michael
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE (WKEF/WRGT) - As Hurricane Michael continues on its path toward Florida, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is taking in some aircraft from two air bases in the state.
A base spokesman said 15 F-22 aircraft have already arrived from Tydall Air Force Base outside of Panama City, another 18 are arriving Tuesday morning. There are also F-35 aircrafts coming in from Eglin Air Force Base outside of Destin, Florida that are on their way to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. F-15s and F-16s are also going to be staying at Wright-Patterson AFB for several days. Dave Egner, the Director of Operations at the base said housing the planes is known as the Safe Haven Plan.
Once here at the base, the aircraft will be stored either on one of the runways or inside a hangar. Egner said the base has plenty of ramp space for the planes, he also said some bases from the east coast may also be sending planes their way. A total of 50 aircraft landed at the base from Florida.
Hurricane Michael has gained strength and as of 8 a.m. Tuesday is a Category 2 storm.
A water rescue team from Ohio Task Force 1 is leaving Tuesday morning and will be stationed at Eglin Air Force Base.