Sonic Booms Possible: F-22 Night Training Over Next Two Weeks

Mar 18, 2013

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The 49th Wing will be conducting routine F-22 Raptor night flying training during the next two weeks, to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements.

Most training flights should be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m. 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.

Night flying is conducted regularly to ensure pilots can operate the F-22 in all environments and situations. During this training the aircraft will conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground training in airspace designated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Residents in these 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.

The 49th Wing makes every effort to utilize airspace over White Sands Missile Range. However, that airspace is only available when testing or other development activity is not being conducted. In addition to the restricted airspace within WSMR, the airspace above McGregor Range and within military operation areas north and east of Holloman, are used to train.

In order to assist residents with being prepared for potential sonic booms, the Holloman Public Affairs Office regularly releases the flying schedule to media organizations throughout southern New Mexico and far west Texas. The office also posts the flying schedule on the base website at, as well as emails a weekly report to anyone who requests the flying schedule. If you would like to be added to the flying schedule email list, please email the 49th Wing Public Affairs’ organization box at with the subject “Flying Schedule.”

The F-22s stationed at Holloman are scheduled to move to Florida, however, there is no specific timeline as to when this movement will take place.