US Military Aircraft Moving to Rickenbacker, Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida's east coast, the US military is taking action to move numerous fighter jets, and other support vehicles, out of the storm's way.

Officials at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base say the 121st Air Refueling Wing will receive aircraft from the US Navy Wing Eleven. Planes will begin arriving at Rickenbacker Thursday. It includes P-8A Poseidons.

It's a procedure that's familiar to military officials in central Ohio. According to Senior Master Sergeant Ralph Branson, "The 121st maintains a national disaster reception plan which supports hurricane evacuations for five wings around the country. They have provided evacuation support to A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from Moody AFB, Georgia during Hurricane Hermine and F-22 Raptors from Langley AFB during Hurricane Matthew."

(photo courtesy US Air National Guard)

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