Hill Air Force Base fighter wings to conduct night flying through September

Five F-35A Lightning II fighter jets assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sit on the flight line during Red Flag 21-1, at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Feb. 8, 2021. Photo Courtesy: Hill Air Force Base

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, Sept. 3, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings from Hill Air Force Base will conduct local night-flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II on most weekdays through Oct. 1, officials said Friday.

“During this period, flying is scheduled to be completed between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.,” said a news release from Hill Air Force Base. “These times may change based on a number of factors including weather, airspace availability on the Utah Test and Training Range, and other support elements.”

Hill’s fighter wings must train at night to maintain their combat readiness and all-weather capabilities, the news release said; 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 and remain ready when they are called upon,” the news release added.

Hill Air Force Base 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, and fly and maintain the jet in a Total Force partnership, which capitalizes on the strength of both components.

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