The Vermont Air National Guard has announced that it will begin a two-week night flight Tuesday, December 1 through Saturday, December 5, followed by Tuesday, December 8, through Friday, December 11.
“Starts in the night take place between 4:30 and 6:30 pm. and night landings take place between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, ”says the press release.
The 158th fighter wing will continue its F-35 training missions in the afternoon with take-offs and landings between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Residents can see and hear F-35A Lightning II aircraft taking off and landing from Burlington International Airport between 12:30 PM and 8:00 PM, which is later than normal flight operations.
All night flight training missions are expected to be completed before 8:00 p.m.
“Night flying skills are a critical part of the training plan for building combat-ready pilots,” said Chief Master Sgt. Tina Deep, superintendent of the 158th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “The maintenance team, with the support of the Mission Support Group, supports the curriculum directly by ensuring that critical systems are fully functional in order to safely meet the requirements of the night flight.”
Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing are required to conduct night operations to meet the requirements and capabilities of the U.S. Air Force and Main Command. The Vermont Air National Guard will also continue regularly scheduled flight operations during the drilling weekend, traditionally held on the first weekend of each month.