The U.S. Air Force has granted a temporary flight waiver for experienced F-22 Raptor pilots at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to move the $140 million stealth fighters out of the path of Hurricane Irene.
This is hardly surprising. The risk of an accident due to oxygen problems is low, and the potential loss from hurricane damage is very high.
The great strength of airpower is its mobility, and it is very common for air bases to “clear the decks” prior to bad weather. I haven’t seen anything in the news, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that air bases up and down the East Coast have seen their planes redeployed inland.