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NEWS | Jan. 27, 2022

140th Wing conducts week of night flying to accomplish mission essential training

By Colorado Air National Guard Public Affairs

FOR RELEASE: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022

CONTACT: 140th Wing Public Affairs office, 720-847-9435, 140WG.PA.ORG@US.AF.MIL

BUCKLEY SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – Residents of Aurora and neighboring communities can expect to hear F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft overhead later than usual as the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard conducts supplemental night flying training during the next week.

Jets will conduct training missions and land back at Buckley SFB as late as 8 p.m.  

“Executing our flying mission sets at night is critical to our ability to be effective in defending our nation,” U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Southard, commander, 140th Wing, said. “It’s also a necessity for supporting contingency operations around the world.”

“Our community has always been unwaveringly supportive. We understand that these night sorties can be tough at times for residents close to the base, but we do our best to mitigate the impact.”

One of the ways the unit does this is by only flying night missions during the winter months when dark hours begin earlier, and therefore, the training can be accomplished before too late in the evening.

As always, the community’s patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as the 140th Wing accomplishes this critical training.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the 140th Wing Public Affairs office at 720-847-9435, 140WG.PA.Org@us.af.mil.