Holloman Air Force Base conducts night flying training

An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for a training sortie over the White Sands Missile Range's 10,000 square mile range at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 5, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leah Ferrante/Released)

The 54th Fighter Group at Holloman will be conducting routine F-16 night flying operations from May 14 through July 20.

Residents in the local and surrounding areas can expect aircraft noise in the evening with aircraft landing as late as 11:30 a.m. The biggest impact to the local community will be noise generated when the aircraft take off.

"The 54th Fighter Group trains an average of 180 students per year in an extensive flying hour program that includes day and night training," said Col. Rusty Keen, 54th Fighter Group commander. "Learning how to be proficient at nighttime air operations takes a lot of practice, but there is no room for error in our job and this skill is how we own the night and defeat our enemies."

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