The Air Force is eyeing Langley Air Force base as the new permanent home of the F-22 Raptor squadron that was formerly housed at Tyndall Air Force Base.
The squadron was moved to Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach after Tyndall was destroyed by Hurricane Michael.
Air force officials say they will conduct an environmental impact investigation before moving the squadron. That investigation takes two to four years to complete, officials said.
“The permanent solution must address readiness and pilot production by ensuring the F-22 FTU is set up at a location that optimizes readiness and supports the Secretary of Defense’s requirement to improve Mission Capability Rates to 80 percent,“ officials wrote.
Congressman Neal Dunn (FL-02) issued the following statement after the Air Force announced its intent to move the Formal Training Unit for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet from Tyndall Air Force Base to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia:
“These squadrons were a great part of our community for years and will continue to make America great at their new home. We look forward to bedding down more combat aircraft than ever before at the new and improved Tyndall Air Force Base. We wish Godspeed to all our comrades in arms.”
In December, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced Tyndall Air Force Base as the future home to three squadrons of F-35s. Tyndall will become a purpose-built base for the 5th generation fighter with the addition of the F-35 squadrons. These squadrons will bring as many as 72 F-35s to Tyndall by 2023.