TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP)- Congressman Neal Dunn urged acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan to consider temporarily resuming F-22 training at Tyndall Air Force Base until Joint Base Langley-Eustis is prepared to accommodate the training mission.
The Air Force announced that it was moving training for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet from Tyndall Air Force Base to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia in March.
Dunn wrote in a letter to the acting Secretary of the Air Force:
"Our flight line at Tyndall is now capable of servicing this mission and is the only site in the Southeast U.S. capable of handling some of the more demanding maintenance issues with this unique aircraft. The extra burden that the F-22’s impose on Eglin AFB can be easily served on Tyndall AFB, freeing up Eglin’s airmen to prepare for their next F-35 squadron.
As you know, the “Schoolhouse” with its simulators and faculty remain at Tyndall, while the aircraft are flying out of Eglin. This results in many airmen, air crew, maintainers, and engineers commuting 4 hours round trip on an almost daily basis for training. I believe this is a burden and a cost that could readily be addressed by temporarily relocating the F-22 Training Squadron back to Tyndall."
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