An F-22 Raptor pilot prepares to take flight during
Checkered Flag 19-1 at Tyndall AFB, Fla., May 6, 2019. Air Force photo by
A1C Monica Roybal.
F-22s are back at Tyndall AFB, Fla., at least for a two-week exercise.
Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron at JB Langley-Eustis, Va.,
touched down at the base this week alongside F-15s from the 67th Fighter
Squadron at Kadena AB, Japan, and F-15Es from the 494th Fighter
Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, England, for Checkered Flag 19-1.
addition to the aircrew and aircraft, crew chiefs, weapons, and
munitions and communications airmen from Moody AFB, Ga.; Tinker AFB,
Okla.; and Whiteman AFB, Mo., are at Tyndall for the exercise.
the first Checkered Flag exercise since Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, severely damaged the base in October, according to a Tyndall
recently laid out a 12-part plan to rebuild after the storm, with an expected price tag of about $5 billion.
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