F-35 takeoff

A F-35 Lightning II at the 158th Fighter Wing's base.

SOUTH BURLINGTON – The Vermont Air National Guard will begin three weeks of night flying operations starting Tuesday, April 6. Takeoffs are scheduled between 4-8 p.m. with landings between 9-10 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 6 through Saturday, April 10
  • Tuesday, April 13 through Friday, April 16
  • Tuesday, April 20 through Thursday, April 22

The 158th Fighter Wing will not conduct morning or early afternoon F-35 training missions during this time except on Sunday, April 11, and Friday, April 23 with takeoffs on those dates being scheduled between 12-1:30 p.m.

“The 158th Fighter Wing must be prepared to execute our federal mission at night in any weather condition,” said Lt. Col. Trevor Callens, the 134th Fighter Squadron director of operations. “Night flying proficiency is a crucial component of our training, especially as we prepare for an out-of-state night exercise in July.”

Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing are required to conduct night operations to meet U.S. Air Force and Major Command requirements and proficiencies.

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