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Lockheed engineers will determine the fate of the F-22s ravaged by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Base
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said of the F-22s left at Tyndall Air Base: "I’m not ready to say it can all be fixed, but our initial review was perhaps more positive than I anticipated ... in light of the amount of damage."
Even if all F-35s and F-22s turn out fine, the loss to Tyndall Air Force Base, where stealth fighter training takes place, represents a huge setback to US air dominance on par with losing a big battle.
Hurricane Michael: Devastating photos show how Tyndall Air Force base and its F-22 Raptors got rocked
A "number of aircraft were left behind in hangars due to maintenance or safety reasons, and all of those hangars are damaged," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said, according to Military.com. And some of them may be F-22 Raptors, the Air Force's prized air superiority fighters.