NAS PENSACOLA — Skies above Northwest Florida will be filled with more military aircraft than usual beginning Wednesday and possibly continuing through the end of the week, as they are repositioned from installations along the East Coast in advance of Hurricane Dorian, according to a release from NAS Pensacola.
More than 60 aircraft, attached to Naval Air Station (NAS) Norfolk, Virginia; NAS Ocean, Virginia; NAS Jacksonville, North Carolina; and Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, will arrive at Naval Air Station Pensacola beginning Wednesday as part of hurricane preparedness at those installations.
The aircraft coming to NAS Pensacola will include F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, E-2 Hawkeye early warning and command and control airplanes, C-2 Greyhound cargo aircraft and MH-53 Sea Dragon aerial mine countermeasures helicopters.
"The majority of the aircraft will remain in Pensacola for the next few days," the release said. "Additional aircraft may also arrive over the next day or two."
Also locally, neither Eglin Air Froce Base nor Hurlburt Field were scheduled as of early Wednesday to host any aircraft repositioning to avoid potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian, according to public affairs offices at both installations.