As hundreds of British troops are flown to the Caribbean to help with the Hurricane Irma relief effort, the US military is ensuring its multi-million dollar jets won't be damaged.

A number of Florida-based aircraft, including F-15 Eagles and large KC-135 refueling tankers, are being moved away from the huge storm as a precaution.

It's feared high winds could damage them if they remained at their home bases - just click above to watch them land at bases a safe distance from Irma.

The move is nothing new though - just last year more than a dozen F-22 Raptors were carefully squeezed into a NASA hangar alongside a mammoth C-130 Hercules, to avoid any damage from the (much less powerful) Hurricane Hermine.

US F-22s shelter from hurricane

The fifth-generation stealth fighters each cost around a whopping $150 million (£113m) - so storm damage wasn't an ideal scenario.

Cue a call to the Langley Research Center in Virginia. The oldest of NASA's field centres, it has a hangar built to withstand a Category 2 hurricane - and it sits right next to Langley Field, a US Air Force base.

The Air Force wanted to know if there was any room for its F-22 Raptors - and NASA willingly obliged.

 

Their job was made easier by the sheer size of NASA Langley's hangar - which measures at 85,200 square feet. 

In the end, Hermine only reached Category 1, and had chilled into a tropical storm by the time it reached Virginia - but better safe than sorry.

The Air Force do return the favour occasionally - NASA has been known to use the military base's runways for its own aircraft.

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