Hightailing It: Watch US Jets Fly Away From Hurricane Trouble

As hundreds of British troops are flown to the Caribbean to help with the Hurricane Irma relief effort, the US military is ensuring its...

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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