Holloman To Conduct Night Flights

Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico – HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (KRWG) Holloman Air Force Base says its 49th Wing will be conducting routine F-22 Raptor night flying training during the next two weeks.

The training may produce more noise than normal at Holloman, over the White Sands Missile Range airspace and near communities in Otero, Lincoln and Dona Ana counties. Residents in those areas might also experience some sonic booms as part of the training. As a result of the F-22's "supercruise" capability, sonic booms can occur when the aircraft is in flight.

Air Force officials say the flights are necessary to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. But officials say the Air Force will make every effort to reduce the impact on neighboring communities. They say most training flights should be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.

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