U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) today announced the Air Force will be sending an additional operation squadron of F-22 Raptors to Tyndall Air Force Base. LeMieux learned of the Air Force's intention in a phone call with Vice Chief of Staff Carrol H. "Howie" Chandler.
"This is great news for the Panama City area and for all of Florida," said LeMieux, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee. "With more than 580 jobs expected as a result of this move, both the base and area residents will benefit. This operational squadron will complement the existing F-22 training squadron currently operating out of Tyndall. In addition, Panama City has the resources available to welcome the additional economic activity this move will bring."
The F-22 Raptor dual engine air-to-air combat fighter plane is the most advanced aircraft ever built. The first planes are expected to arrive on Tyndall AFB during the fall of 2012.