Hurlburt Field evacuates aircraft avoiding Hurricane Irma

Hurlburt Field aircraft evacuate in preparation of Hurricane Irma

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship takes off from Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 9, 2017. The 1st Special Operations Wing, exercising an abundance of caution, issued an evacuation order for aircraft stationed at Hurlburt before the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Aircraft will be temporarily relocated to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)

Hurlburt Field aircraft evacuate in preparation of Hurricane Irma

Air Commandos load aircraft in preparation for Hurricane Irma at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. Aircraft from the 1st Special Operations Wing were evacuated to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., as a precaution for the potential threat of the incoming hurricane. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Hurlburt Field aircraft evacuate in preparation of Hurricane Irma

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob May, an avionics journeyman assigned to the 801st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, works on a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 9, 2017. The 1st Special Operations Wing, exercising an abundance of caution, issued an evacuation order for all aircraft assigned to Hurlburt Field before the arrival of Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

A CV-22 Osprey, along with other aircraft assigned to Hurlburt Field, Fla., is parked on the flightline after landing Sept. 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The aircraft is capable of extremely accurate navigation due to the fully integrated navigation systems with dual inertial navigation systems and global positioning system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A CV-22 Osprey, along with other aircraft assigned to Hurlburt Field, Fla., is parked on the flightline after landing Sept. 9, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The aircraft is capable of extremely accurate navigation due to the fully integrated navigation systems with dual inertial navigation systems and global positioning system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. --

Out of an abundance of caution and due to the potential arrival of 25 to 40 knot winds from Hurricane Irma, Hurlburt Field leadership called for the evacuation of aircraft only at 0800, Sept. 9, here.


Aircraft will be evacuated to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, until the potential for bad weather is over.


After extensive analysis of the path of the storm by Hurlburt Weather professionals, it has been forecasted that the effects of the storm here will not be significant enough to threaten the safety of personnel and thus does not warrant the evacuation of personnel.


The status of Hurricane Irma is being actively monitored and our thoughts and prayers are with those people and communities affected by the storm.  If called upon, we stand ready to support relief operations in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state and local authorities, and international partners.  Airmen are prepared to assist those in need by providing capabilities such as search and rescue and personnel recovery, airlift of humanitarian supplies, medical care and aeromedical evacuation.


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More updates will be released as Hurricane Irma progresses.