Air Force moving fighter jet training unit from Eglin to Virginia base


A group of F-22 Raptor aircraft conducts a flyover during a “Salute to America” event on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HAMPTON, Va. – The Air Force is permanently moving its F-22 fighter jet training operation from Florida to Virginia.

Officials said Friday that the F-22 training squadron will be based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton. The squadron originally was located at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City before Hurricane Michael heavily damaged the base in October 2018. It has been temporarily located at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County.

The Daily Press reports that the unit has 31 F-22 fighters and 16 T-38 training aircraft.

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