Sunday, January 08, 2017

Hollomon Air Force month-long F-16 night flying operations begin Sunday night

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M (KFOX14/CBS4) — Officials at Holloman Air Force Base say they will begin routine F-16 night flying operations beginning Sunday up until February 10th.

Officials from the Air Force base say local residents and surrounding areas can expect aircraft noise starting in the evening and early morning hours, with aircraft landing as late as 12:30 a.m.

“The purpose of night flying is to familiarize students with the night environment while executing F-16 missions using night vision goggles,” said Maj. Eric Ringelstetter, 54th fighter group instructor pilot.

Authorities at the Air Force base say the biggest impact to the community will be the noise made when the aircraft take off. Authorities also say residents in operating areas east and west of Hollomon could experience sonic booms.

Air Force base officials say night operations could continue into late February, although that is not anticipated.

Officials say they will make every effort to keep the public up to date on any changes to the training times and dates.


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