Military aircraft from Florida to find hurricane shelter at Selfridge

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published October 10, 2018

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Officials with the 127th Wing and Selfridge Air National Guard Base are preparing to receive aircraft today from military installations across the Florida panhandle after evacuation orders were made ahead of Hurricane Michael’s landfall.

Residents around the base will notice increased air traffic as those aircraft and crews take safe refuge at the base. Military officials report the aircraft will likely remain at Selfridge until evacuation orders are lifted.

According to the latest weather reports, Hurricane Michael is a potentially-catastrophic Category 3 hurricane that is expected to strike Florida today. It may also pose a serious threat to portions of Alabama and Georgia.

The 127th Wing operates two flying missions, the KC-135 Stratotanker and the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The base is also home to more than 40 tenant units, including those from every branch of the military and Department of Homeland Security, allowing the base a unique opportunity to support aviation missions from all branches of the military, officials state.

The last time Selfridge provided shelter to outside military aircraft was in September 2017 when Hurricane Irma threatened Florida and several other southeast states.