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Vipers soar under the stars

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Brewer
  • 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 55th, 77th and 79th Fighter Squadrons conducted a week-long night flying exercise, September 8-13, 2019.

The exercise provided pilots and maintainers the opportunity to practice night flying readiness with the F-16 Vipers.

“This week serves the purpose of ensuring pilots maintain their night flying skills, in the event they have a mission to accomplish during the dark hours of night,” said Airman Michael Mislinay, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 79th Aircraft Maintenance Unit tactical aircraft maintainer. “This week also gave the daytime maintainers a chance to work with the pilots at night, so we stay mission ready.”

Misinlay stated this exercise occurs twice annually, providing the opportunity to brush up on skills during different weather conditions and visibility.

“Our pilots have exercises they practice on what their mission may dictate; maneuvers in the air, target practice and things of that nature because it is imperative our pilots maintain the ability to respond to contingencies around the globe,” said Airman 1st Class Andrew Brauner, 20th AMXS, 77th AMU avionics technician. “Our pilots are always ready to fly and win for our nation, and these exercises are the way we train for operations in all conditions.”

Local residents in the Sumter, South Carolina, area may notice increased activity during the evening hours as pilots continue to sharpen their night-time combat flying skills.

Most night flying is scheduled to be complete by 10 p.m. For more information please call the Base Defense Operations Center at 803-895-1399.