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Hill Air Force Base Conducting F-35 Night Flights This Week

Jan 25, 2021, 10:32 AM | Updated: Jan 26, 2021, 5:24 am
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off fr...
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, April 24, 2019. The F-35A is deployed to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility for the first time in the Air Force’s history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski)
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Hill Air Force Base will be conducting F-35 night operations and combat exercises through Jan. 30, authorities said.

The night flights will be happening until approximately 9:30 p.m. each night.

“Our mission with the F-35s involves deploying the aircraft quickly to anywhere in the world, and then being ready to employ those aircraft in combat very soon after we arrive in theater,” said Lt. Col. Yosef Morris in a video posted by the 388th Fighter Wing. So that mission may require us to fly at night.”

“As a matter of fact, a way that the aircraft is designed, and many of the missions that we do, we prefer to fly at night in actual combat because it makes us harder to see,” he added.

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Hill Air Force Base Conducting F-35 Night Flights This Week