I just heard that 10% of our entire Stealth Fleet was lost by Donald Trump.

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    Hurricane Michael: Fate of costly stealth fighter jets at Tyndall Air Force Base still unknown

    Experts have said up to 22 of the F-22 Raptors, which cost an estimated $330 million each, could have been left behind in hangars as Hurricane Michael tore through the region. The base, which is home to 55 of the world's most-advanced fighter jets, flew 33 of the planes away from the storm to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

    Retired Air Force Col. John "JV" Venable, a senior research fellow for defense policy at the Heritage Foundation and a former commander of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team, said it makes sense that the Air Force is not saying exactly how many of the jets were left behind.

    "The Air Force does not want to reveal its weakness to anyone else," he said.

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    This is the problem with our news. I haven't even seen USA Today here in Chicago.

    Instead of telling us what is going on in the world, they talk about Trump's many criminal associates and Trump's deep friendship with despots, thieves and murderers Vladimir Putin, the Saudi Prince and L'l Kim.

    Stealth Jets left to rot when a hurricane hits. So many things wrong with this.

    They could have based them outside a hurricane zone for one.

    How do we know it's not more than 10%? And where was the GOP investigation?

    Oh, there wasn't one? That much damage to the country and no investigation? Because what? A hurricane did it?

    This kind of mismanagement cuts into US safety. Imagine if Obama or Clinton did that?
     
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    Since when has Trump flown F22s, let alone 22 of them?
     
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    He's president.

    He was responsible for them.

    For adults, the buck stops at the top.

    For Republicans, there is no buck. It was lost in tax cuts for billionaires.
     
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    You need to stop using Kos and CNN as your news source.

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    Not so. The Base Commander is the one with his ass in a sling. The F22s were his babies.
     
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    Your IQ is at best 42. Obama spent $10trn
     
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    Loose Lips sink ships, blabbermouth OP. :rolleyes:
     
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    You just can't see stealth planes.
     
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    Don't get your panties in a twist Deanie boy. ... :cuckoo:

    I'm sure the planes are safe and secure in hardened bomb proof / hurricane proof hangers. ... :cool:
     
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    Uhhh, they were unable to fly, dear-

    By the time Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle last week, most of the aircraft based at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City had been flow out of harm’s way. But between four and 17 F-22 Raptors stealth fighter jets that were unable to fly due to maintenance issues remained behind, and reports indicate that some or all of the planes were damaged in the storm.


    Defense Secretary Mattis said that he hoped all of the damaged aircraft could be repaired, but a more comprehensive analysis of the jets would be necessary. “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,” Mattis told reporters Monday.

    Tyler Rogoway said that even more than most modern combat aircraft, the F-22 is an extremely complex machine that is often out of service: “The F-22, in particular, is more analogous to an exotic supercar or even a high-end race car than anything else. It requires dozens of hours of maintenance for every single flight hour and deep maintenance can take days or even many weeks to accomplish, depending on what is needed to be done and availability of spare parts, which can be scarce.”

    A Government Accountability Office report from 2016 said that the F-22 has “unique maintenance challenges” relating to its stealth exterior that result in extended down times. This chart from the report shows that at any given time, less than half of the F-22 is available for operations.



    Hurricane Michael Might Have Damaged More Than $1 Billion Worth of F-22s
     
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