HAMPTON ROADS--More than 200 aircraft from NAS Oceana and Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field left Friday and headed to safe airfields to escape Hurricane Irene.
Unlike the warships which steamed east, the planes and helos flew south and west.
The aircraft include F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets, E-2C Hawkeyes, C-2A Greyhounds, H-60 helicopters, and C-12 Hurons.
The mandatory fly-away is in response to setting Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness II designated by the Commander of the Navy Region Mid Atlantic.
All non-flyable aircraft are being safely secured inside hangars at both bases.
Some aircraft departed Thursday and others were already at other locations on previously scheduled missions and will remain there until the hurricane passes.
The alternate airfields for F/A-18 and E-2C aircraft include NAS Fallon, Nev., NAS Pensacola, Fla., NAS New Orleans, La., Wright-Patterson AFB, Oh., Scott AFB, Il., and Campbell Army Airfield, Ft. Campbell, Ky.
Helicopters will go to Godman AAF, Ft. Knox, Ky., Campbell AAF, Ft. Campbell, Ky., McGhee-Tyson, Knoxville, Tn., Johnstown-Cambria, Pa., and Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, OH.
The Air Force says a decision was made to temporarily lift the stand-down on its F-22 Raptor jets. They had not been flying since May because of an oxygen generation system problem.
More than 20 Raptors left the area between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday and headed to Grisson Air Force Base, Indiana, according to a Langley Air Force Base spokeswoman.