Hill Air Force Base to conduct night-flying operations through mid-April

A pilot from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 421st Fighter Squadron prepares to launch an F-35A Lightning II during night flying operations at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 26, 2019. Photo Courtesy: Hill AFB

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, Feb. 2, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings from Hill Air Force Base will conduct local night-flying operations on most weekdays through the second week of April.

During this period, most flying is scheduled to be finished between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., but there will be a few occasions where flying ends later, said a news release Tuesday afternoon.

These times may also 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 and night flying is limited to what is required for pilots to remain proficient in those skills,” the news release said. “Over the past two years, all three of the wing’s fighter squadrons have deployed in support of combat operations in the Middle East.”

Hill AFB is home to 78 F-35A Lightning IIs. The 388th and Reserve 419th 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, the news release said.


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