posted on Aug, 26 2017 @ 10:05 PM
The US Navy has 71 of the 99 T-45s based at NAS Kingsville are stuck in hangars, waiting out Hurricane Harvey. The Navy flew out the aircraft that
were considered airworthy, and that had pilots to Joint Base Fort Worth to ride out the storm, but that only wound up being 28 of them. They were
flown to the base below 10,000 feet to prevent any oxygen system problems. For some reason instead of the pilots returning to Kingsville, and flying
more aircraft out, they left the remaining aircraft in place, sheltered in hangars on the base.
The base is somewhat inland, so shouldn't have to deal with storm surge, but they're expecting 35 inches of rain in some areas, before the storm is
done. The forecast calls for rain at the base until Tuesday, which is going to put a lot of water into the area. They're currently under a tropical
storm warning. NAS Kingsville is only about 75 miles from where the storm came ashore in Rockport, Texas. That means there's potential for
significant damage on the base.
WASHINGTON ― Scores of the Navy’s T-45 trainer jets were unable to evacuate Naval Air Station Kingsville and remain directly in the path of
what is projected to be the worst hurricane to hit South Texas in decades.
On Thursday, NAS Kingsville, which houses 99 of the Navy’s 197 T-45 primary jet trainers, evacuated all airworthy aircraft ― if there was also a
qualified pilot to fly.
But only 28 of Kingsville’s T-45s were determined to be airworthy, or to have a qualified pilot available, in order to evacuate the jets to Naval
Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, said spokesman Kevin Clarke.