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Increased Flights From Hill AFB Planned For Later This Month 

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 104th Fighter Squadron of the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, flies over the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, Dec. 3, 2020, in Warren Grove, N.J. Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from Estonia and the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard, conducted close air support training under the State Partnership Program. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Airman Hunter Hires)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Residents near Hill Air Force Base will soon see increased flights from aircraft that are not normally seen in the area.

The base said A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft from the Maryland Air National Guard 104th Fighter Squadron will take part in a weapons evaluation exercise from March 9 – 18. The planes will be based out of HAFB.

Other units will take part in the exercise which is also known as Combat Hammer, a news release said. Those planes will fly into the Utah Test and Training Range.

The exercise allows airmen “to evaluate every aspect of the air-to-ground weapons employment, from building and loading munitions, to aircraft and pilot performance hitting targets on the UTTR,” the release said.

The F-35 jets from HAFB will not be a part of Combat Hammer, but they will stick to a normal weekday flight schedule of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The A-10C Thunderbolt II is not a supersonic aircraft, so it will not create sonic booms like the noise that startled residents from Utah County all the way to Davis County last January.

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