Hill Air Force Base fighter wings conducting weeknight flying operations into April

A crew chief from the 388th Fighter Wing marshals an F-35A Lightning II as it launches for deployment to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on Feb. 15, 2022. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kip Sumner

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, March 29, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The active-duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings are conducting weeknight flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II through April 11.

Weeknight flying operations began this week, with flights scheduled to be completed by approximately 10:30 p.m. each night, according to a news release from Hill Air Force Base. The dates and times of the night flying operations may vary due to several factors, including weather and airspace availability on the Utah Test and Training Range.

“Hill’s fighter wings must train at night to maintain their combat readiness and all-weather capabilities,” the news release states. “Night flying is limited to what is required for pilots to remain proficient in those skills.”

Over the past two years, all three of the wing’s fighter squadrons have deployed in support of combat operations in the Middle East, according to the news release.

Hill AFB is home to 78 F-35A Lightning IIs. The 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings are the Air Force’s first combat-capable F-35A units. The units fly and maintain the aircraft, the release states.

Approximately 2,000 airmen and civilian professionals are assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, according to Hill AFB officials.


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