Weeknight flying operations continue at Hill Air Force Base

An F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the Air Force’s F-35 Demo Team creates a vapor cone as it performs a demonstration flight at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma on May 25, 2021. Vapor cones are visible clouds of condensed water created by aircraft flying through moist air at high speeds. Photo: U.S. Air Force/ April McDonald

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, May 1, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The active-duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings are conducting weeknight flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II through Thursday.

Flying operations are scheduled to be completed by approximately 11 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. The 34th Fighter Squadron is currently deployed to Germany’s Spangdahlem Air Base in support of NATO.

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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