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Overnight flying expected from Hill AFB this week

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  • By 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Communities surrounding Hill Air Force Base will hear increased activity during night-time hours next week as a number of aircraft will depart after midnight and return in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20 and Oct. 23.

The departure and return times are necessary for the aircraft to make round-trip flights in support of an off-station military exercise. Night operations are limited to what is required for pilots to maintain their combat readiness and support essential missions.

Hill AFB is home to 78 F-35A Lightning IIs. The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing 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.