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Thursday F-35 night flying operations

Release Number: 010721

An F-35A Lightning II pilot assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard, prepares for launch during routine flying operations

An F-35A Lightning II pilot assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard, prepares for launch during routine flying operations at the Vermont Air National Guard base, South Burlington, Vermont, Sept. 23, 2020. The Vermont Air National Guard will begin three weeks of night flying operations starting Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by A1C Jana Somero)


SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Vermont Air National Guard will have one evening of night flying on Thursday, July 8. Nighttime takeoff will occur between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. and landing will occur between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The 158th Fighter Wing will conduct morning F-35 training missions as usual but will not conduct the afternoon training.

“Night flying proficiency is a crucial component of our training, especially as we prepare for an off station night exercise later this month,” said Lt. Col. Trevor Callens, the 134th Fighter Squadron director of operations.

This deviation from the usual training schedule as well as other F-35 related information can be found on a new webpage on the Vermont National Guard website at: www.vtguard.com/F-35.

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

For more information contact Joint Force Headquarters; Maj. Scott Detweiler, (802) 338-3434, ng.vt.vtarng.mbx.vtng-statepao@mail.mil.

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