The Big Shuffle | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Wed, Sep 21, 2005

The Big Shuffle

Military Moves Air Fleet Around In Face Of Hurricanes

Just weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast region, Hurricane Ophelia threatened communities along the East Coast, forcing military bases to act fast.

As of Sept. 14, 48 F-15E Strike Eagles, three KC-135 Stratotankers and 180 people had evacuated from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC, to here. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC, sent four C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and 45 people. Aircraft and people began arriving Sept. 12.

"(This base) provides a safe haven for other bases to protect their aircraft," said Col. Peter Oertel, 88th Operations Support Squadron commander. "This allows the Air Force mission to continue unrestricted and helps protect the investment in aircraft made by American taxpayers."

During inclement weather, military aircraft often relocate to avoid damage to valuable equipment. Ophelia drenched North Carolina with heavy rain and high winds for three days. It was downgraded to a tropical storm and was moving northeast as of Sept. 16.

"When you have $50-million airplanes apiece, you need to support the taxpayers' equipment and that's what we're doing," said Col. Mark Larson, 4th Operations Group commander at Seymour Johnson. The base received only minor damage from the storm, said a base spokesman.

The airfield here can accommodate up to several hundred aircraft. Base officials coordinate with other bases, stations and units throughout the Department of Defense as part of a yearly plan to serve as host for aircraft and people when evacuations become necessary.

And when bases call, Wright Patterson is ready, said Col. Andrew Weaver, installation commander.

"We've been ready for months," Colonel Weaver said. "In support of our normal battle rhythm, we get ready a couple months ahead of hurricane season."

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 05.25.16: Canada SeaPlane Regs, Blimp Downed, Citation Longitude Mated

Also: USAF Hassled, Hummel UltraCruiser, Helo Limits, FAA Video, Greg Connell Accident, Medical Helo Suit, Bombardier's 100th VistaJet Canada is proposing changes to their seaplane>[...]

Icon Steps Back, Admits Curtailed Production Plan

Finally Talking (And Still Hyping), Icon Production Plans Take A Big Hit The following is the text of a release from Icon Aircraft (bluster and all)... ANN Analysis and industry re>[...]

Solar Impulse 2 Is En Route To Lehigh Valley, PA

Atlantic Crossing Next Major Hurdle Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) departed Dayton (OH) International Airport with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, this morning at 0402 local time (UTC-4).>[...]

Icon Controversy Continues, But Icon Has Yet To Speak Up

The Company That Won't Answer Questions, May Finally Have To Do So ANN has been bombarded with info and reports concerning the health and well-being of the Icon Aircraft program...>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.26.16)

Safety Management System (SMS) This FAA website was created as a public resource for those seeking to learn more about SMS within the aviation industry and the FAA.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC