E-8C JSTARS evacuate to Tinker

E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System

A number of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft from the 116th Air Control Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., evacuated to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to escape the path of Hurricane Irma Sept. 9, 2017. Joint STARS aircraft are operated by Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System

A number of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft from the 116th Air Control Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., evacuated to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to escape the path of Hurricane Irma Sept. 9, 2017. Joint STARS aircraft are operated by Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Five E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft from the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, evacuated to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to escape the path of Hurricane Irma Sept. 9, 2017.

According to Col. Ato Crumbly, 116th Operations Group commander, the decision to send the aircraft to Tinker was “to ensure that none of our aircraft sustained any weather damage from Hurricane Irma, or any severe thunderstorms or possible tornadoes that may spin up from the hurricane.”

Plans call for the aircraft to remain at Tinker until Sept. 13.