KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will start two weeks of night flying operations this week.
Operations will take place approximately Dec. 12-15 and 19-21 from 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.
Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.
“Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn,” said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing. “We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact.”
The majority of the training will happen in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview where the pilots can fly without lights. However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.
Take-offs will start after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.
Community members may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they may have.