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Hill F-16 units to conduct night flying through Nov. 21

First Published Nov 04 2013 02:22PM      Last Updated Nov 04 2013 07:07 pm

(Tribune file photo) An F-16 fighter plane from the 388th fighter wing gets refueled at Hill Air Force Base. The Air Force has announced a restructuring of its civilian workforce, which state leaders say will mean the elimination of jobs at the northern Utah base.

F-16 pilots from Hill Air Force Base's 388th and 419th Fighter Wings will conduct night flying missions through Nov. 21, base officials announced Monday.

Local residents can expect an increase in noise during the evening hours as pilots sharpen their nighttime combat flying skills, according to a news release.

The fighter wings will conduct these missions Monday through Friday until about midnight.

The active duty 388th FW and the Reserve 419th FW limit night flying operations to the minimum required to remain proficient. During after-dark operations, the wings' personnel train with advanced targeting pods and night-vision goggles.

When deployed in a combat environment, pilots regularly fly missions at night, to include close air support missions for the protection of personnel on the ground.





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