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Hill fighter wings conducting night flying operations through Saturday

Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe flies an F-35A Lightning II while training for upcoming airshows at Hill Air Force Base on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe flies an F-35A Lightning II while training for upcoming airshows at Hill Air Force Base on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th fighter wings will conduct local night-flying operations through Saturday.

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

Night operations are limited to what is required for airmen to remain proficient. During this period, most flying is scheduled to be completed by 10 p.m., but may change based on a number of factors, including weather, airspace availability and other support elements.

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

The 34th Fighter Squadron, one of the wing’s three squadrons, is currently deployed to the Middle East. The other two are continuing to fly at Hill, which is home to 78 F-35A Lightning IIs.

The 388th and reserve 419th 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.