National Guard jets to train at night over western Upper Peninsula

F-16 Military Jet (MGN)

DULUTH, Minn. (WLUC) - Western U.P. residents may hear National Guard jets training at night over the next two weeks.

The 148th Fighter Wing, based in Duluth, Minn., says it will conduct night flying Jan. 13 through Jan. 24. This period of night flying will allow the wing to conduct night air-to-air training and air-to-air refueling using night flying devices.

Night flying is required for pilot proficiency to train for future missions worldwide. Most night flying occurs in the winter months due to the earlier sunset times, enabling jets to land prior to midnight.

The 148th Fighter Wing says residents from Northern Minnesota to the western Upper Peninsula may hear F-16s taking off, flying and landing during the late afternoon and evening. All F-16s are expected to be on the ground by 11:45 p.m.

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