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Expect extra flights around Hill AFB

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Residents in communities around Hill Air Force Base may notice an increase in aircraft taking off from the base through Friday.

The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron will be conducting an air-to-ground weapons system evaluation program known as Combat Hammer at the Utah Test and Training Range. Up to 25 sorties will take off each day as part of the evaluation program.

Combat Hammer participants include F-16s from Hill and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina; A-10s from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada; and B-52s, Predator and Reaper drones from units across Air Combat Command. Various missiles and bombs will be evaluated.

Also, due to construction on a portion of the base's runway, aircraft have switched runway directions resulting in aircraft departures to the north and arrivals from the south.

Residents unaccustomed to aircraft noise may have noticed the change. After the construction is completed in mid-September, pilots will resume typical runway operations at Hill.

— Joseph M. Dougherty