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F-16s filling skies above region today


The thunder you hear in the skies today is not thunder.

The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing has starting flying in F-16s to Wright-Patterson while crews repave the unit’s home runway at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton. Two of the fighter jets landed at Wright-Patterson on Tuesday, and more arrived Wednesday, officials said.

The unit flies an air sovereignty alert status mission to defend North American airspace.

The Fighting Falcon jets were expected to stay in the Miami Valley until early September, base officials said.

The F-16s will share the flight line with the Air Force Reserve’s 445th Airlift Wing which flies the C-17 Globemaster III and is home based at Wright-Patterson.


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