Air National Guard: Don't be alarmed if you hear fighter jets taking off, landing

The 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth is doing some scheduled night flying.
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The 148th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard is warning Northland residents they may hear fighter jet activity for a few nights.

The wing, based in Duluth, said it will be doing "night flying" from June 21-24. Residents in northern Minnesota, particularly those located near the 148th Fighter Wing's base at Duluth International Airport, shouldn't be surprised to "hear jets taking off, flying & landing."

"All jets will be on the ground by midnight," the wing added.

The 148th Fighter Wing flies an F-16 model known as the "Fighting Falcon." According to its website, the wing is one of just two "tasked to provide Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) support for our nation."

In 2020, there were 1,049 airmen assigned to the wing, 490 of them full-time. Its members were also mobilized in the summer of 2020 during the civil unrest following George Floyd's murder.

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