Monday, January 8, 2018

Here's why all those fighter jets are flying over Oahu, Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -  Did you catch the increase in military aircraft in Oahu skies on Monday?

The fighter jets and other aircraft were arriving from a number of spots across the mainland for an annual exercise, Sentry Aloha.

Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, public affairs officer for the Hawaii Air National Guard, said the exercise runs through late January.

National Guard and active duty squadrons from about six different locations across the mainland participate.

"It's an opportunity to provide realistic, large-scale training that these units can use as a run-up to deployments overseas," Anthony said.

The squadrons typically train about 100 miles north of Hawaii. 

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