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SC Air Force base warns of nighttime jet noise

Sep 15, 2010 4:07:00 AM - thestate.com
Neighbors of a South Carolina Air Force base are being warned of nighttime noise as F-16 fighter pilots prepare for combat.

Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are warning residents in central South Carolina on Wednesday that the night flying activity will create some noise as the jets take off, land and perform specific training runs. The aircraft will be flying in restricted areas so that they don't conflict with commercial airlines.

The night time exercises give the pilots the opportunity to train with their night vision equipment.

Officials say the exercises continue through Friday.

The F-16 jets, dubbed Fighting Falcons, are used to protect troops on the ground or battle other aircraft in air-to-air encounters.