Vermont National Guard Public Affairs
The 158th Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct F-35 night flying Sept. 15-17, with additional night operations Sept. 22-24.
Area residents may see and hear F-35A Lightning II aircraft taking off and landing from Burlington International Airport during this time. All night flight training operations are scheduled to be completed before 10:00 p.m.
“We fly at night to maintain night tactical proficiency,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Marek, 134th Fighter Squadron commander. “This is especially important during this time of F-35 transition: We must learn how to employ the tactical advantages gained from the F-35 during both day and night operations.”
Airmen with the 158th FW are required to conduct night operations to meet Air Force requirements and proficiencies. The Vermont Air National Guard will continue regularly scheduled flying operations during drill weekends, which traditionally occur the first non-holiday weekend of each month.