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F-15 night flying operations starting in southern Oregon

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F-15s will be coming out at night over Klamath Falls.

The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. starting Monday.

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15 student pilots at Kingsley Field. The operations will continue through Jan. 11.

"Night flying is a critical skill which our students need to learn to be effective war fighters," said Col. Jeremy Baenen, 173rd Operations Group commander. "We understand the disruption to the community during night flying weeks, but we try our best to minimize the noise impact."

Most of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview, where the pilots can fly without any lights.

However the community will most likely hear the jets during takeoffs and approaches back into Kingsley Field. Takeoffs will occur after sundown and the jets will land approximately 90 minutes later.

"We train our students to fly with night vision goggles in a completely lights out environment," said Baenen. "We teach them how to read instruments, employ weapons and refuel all while wearing NVGs. It's because of this training that United States Air Force has the advantage over our enemies."

Community members may contact the Wing's public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time.

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