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Hill AFB to resume F-35 night flights this week 

Dec 8, 2021, 1:51 PM | Updated: 1:56 pm
An Airman monitors an F-35A Lightning II during a hot pit refuel at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, duri...
An Airman monitors an F-35A Lightning II during a hot pit refuel at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during night flying operations. (U.S. Air Force file photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)
(U.S. Air Force file photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The sound of freedom will echo across the night skies of Hill Air Force Base and the Utah Test and Training Range this week.

The base said F-35A Lightning II jets from the active-duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings will fly the night missions through Dec. 21. The flights should end by 10 p.m., although the timing could change based on weather and other factors.

The night flights are needed to maintain combat and all-weather readiness for the pilots and crews.

All three of the wing’s fighter squadrons have deployed for combat support to the Middle East over the past two years.

Hill AFB is home to 78 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets.

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Hill AFB to resume F-35 night flights this week