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F-22s temporarily return home to Tyndall for maintenance

F-22 Raptors are parked near the runway at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 15, 2018.

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By THE NEWS HERALD Published: March 8, 2019

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE (Tribune News Service) — A couple of familiar sights were back on Tyndall Air Force base last week, albeit temporarily, as several F-22's were back on site for maintenance.

According to reports in the Air Force Times, members of the 43rd Fighter Squadron and their F-22 Raptors will periodically be returning to the base from Eglin Air Force Base, where they're currently stationed.

While the jets are now flying out of Eglin, the specialized equipment used to maintain and repair them is still at Tyndall, so they'll need to come back for routine visits.

Seventeen of the 55 F-22s previously stationed at Tyndall were left behind during Hurricane Michael and were damaged, though all have since been removed for repairs.

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