Congressman urges Air Force to temporarily resume F-22 training at Tyndall

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Congressman Neal Dunn is urging Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan to consider resuming F-22 training temporarily at Tyndall Air Force Base.

Representative Dunn is urging the Air Force Secretary to temporarily relocate the F-22 training unit to Tyndall Air Force Base. (WJHG/WECP)

In March, the Air Force announced it would move the formal training unit for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet from Tyndall to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia.

Currently, the training unit is being housed at Eglin Air Force Base.

In his message to the secretary, Dunn said in part, "The extra burden that the F-22s impose on Eglin AFB can be easily served on Tyndall AFB, freeing up Eglin’s airmen to prepare for their next F-35 squadron."

During a phone interview with us, Dunn said, "These guys all train already out over the Gulf range which is south of Tyndall, not south of Eglin--south of Tyndall. So the big test or training range is right off our shore and you know it's a perfect location for the training."

Dunn added he is unaware if Secretary Donovan received the letter yet, but is anticipating a response from him by late next week.

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