What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
Illustration for article titled Raptors Take Shelter From The Storm

When TS Hermine threatened the East Coast last week, the Air Force needed a place to shelter a few F-22s for safe keeping. So they turned to NASA, who not only had a hangar at their Langley research facility that was hurricane proof, it was also big enough to stash 13 Raptors from nearby Langley AFB, along with a C-130 from Wallops Island Flight Facility and a number of other aircraft. At over 85,000 square feet, the hangar had been built back in the 1950s to house the monster Convair B-36 Peacemaker and could withstand a Category 2 hurricane. Fortunately, TS Hermine largely puttered out before reaching the Virginia Peninsula. But the Air Force was pleased that their $1.8 billion investment was secure. And NASA was glad to help. For a little perspective, the $1.8 billion wrapped up in those Raptors represents 10% of NASA’s annual budget.


Via Wired; NASA photo by David Bowman

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