104th Fighter Wing to Conduct Defense Exercise, Evening Training

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Those in the area of Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield may notice some increased air traffic over the next couple weeks.

Senior Master Sgt. Robert Sabonis, public affairs manager for the 104th Fighter Wing, says that the unit will soon be taking part in two training activities.

The first is slated to begin Friday at 9:00 a.m. when the wing will take part in a homeland defense exercise.

Sabonis notes that that event will reflect a “standard drill weekend” with the exception that the flights will take place on Friday and Saturday, and not on Sunday.

The second event will involve evening training flights. Those will begin on Monday, April 14 and conclude on Thursday, April 17.

The F-15s will launch from the Barnes-Westfield Regional Airport around 5:00 p.m. and are set to return around 6:30 p.m.

“The evening missions are a critical part of our required reoccurring training. The night-training is required to ensure our pilots are ready to respond to any airborne threat in the Northeastern United States, at any time, in any condition,” Sabonis adds.

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  • sky jockey

    5pm to 6:39pm! That’s not night time flying this time of year!

    • alpinequeen

      They are flying in the evening, not at night. Sunset on the 14th is 7:25 p.m. and on the 17th, is 7:28 p.m. Evening is defined as the time between afternoon and night and can be 30 minutes to two hours before sunset, and sunset is when the sun goes below the horizon. Add about thirty minutes to those times for Civil twilight which is the time when the sun is actually six degrees below the horizon but because of light scattering, there is still light on the horizon. When the sun is eighteen degrees below the horizon, twilight ends and night begins.

      • Bill

        Seriously, you need to get a life.

        • alpinequeen

          You’re looking a bit tired, your face is all puffy and your eyes look like sewn on buttons.