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Hill AFB fighter wings begin night flying

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings will conduct local night flying operations Nov. 12-22.

While most flying will end by 10:30 p.m., some flights will be later than normal.

Local residents will notice increased activity during the evening hours as pilots continue to sharpen their night-time combat flying skills.

The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility.

The wings now have three fighter squadrons with more than 70 aircraft, the most since receiving the first F-35A in 2015, which also factors into the increased activity. This includes many new pilots who need specific training.

The 388th and 419th are the Air Force’s first combat-capable F-35 units. The first operational F-35As arrived at Hill in September 2015. The wings fly and maintain the jet in a Total Force partnership, which capitalizes on the strength of both the active duty and Reserve components. By the end of this year, Hill AFB will be home to 78 F-35s.

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