Night flying exercises to begin at Hill Air Force Base
Sep 14, 2020, 8:36 AM | Updated: 8:49 am
(United States Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Residents around Hill Air Force Base can expect to hear more air traffic around the base this week as the fighter wings take to the skies for night combat exercises.
Hill Air Force Base reports the training missions, starting on Monday and running through Thursday, could last until 1 a.m. depending on training objectives and airspace.
“The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will fly roughly 80 sorties per day, with some lasting until 1 a.m. The flying schedule is based on a number of factors including exercise objectives, airspace availability on the Utah Test and Training Range, and the availability of other support elements.”
This week’s nightly flights are part of required training for the fighter wings that the Air Force says will “provide combat scenarios created to evaluate aircraft maintenance and operational agility. Night operations are limited to what is required for Airmen to remain proficient and ready for combat.”
Airmen from both wings are currently deployed in the Middle East with the 421st Fighter Squadron and the base says that the other two squadrons are continuing operations here in Utah to ensure they are ready to deploy when needed.