WASHINGTON – Two Navy bases on the Texas coast are evacuating as many of their trainer aircraft and personnel ahead of Hurricane Harvey as possible, spokesmen for the installations said.
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Naval Air Station Kingsville are directly in the path of the Category 1 hurricane, which is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane early Saturday morning.
On Thursday, Kingsville evacuated approximately half of its 100 T-45 trainer jets to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, based on whether each jet was airworthy and there was a qualified pilot available to fly it, said Rod Hafemeister, a spokesman for the base.
“All airworthy aircraft are being evacuated to Fort Worth,” said Kevin Clarke, another spokesman for the base.
The jets were grounded earlier this year due to oxygen system failures that led to pilot disorientation. Aircraft that were evacuated to Fort Worth stayed below a 10,000 foot ceiling to avoid any complications, Hafemeister said.