Inside look at 148th Fighter Wing's night flying

Ryan Juntti
Updated: September 23, 2020 02:15 PM

Tuesday marked night one of the 148th Fighter Wing's night flying training.


From now until October 2, excluding weekends, there are going to be between 10 and 12 flights per night primarily to the Upper Peninsula.

WDIO was on the runway as four of the F-16's took off. 

There are usually six to seven two-week night flying sessions per year.

They help airmen train with night vision googles, and prepare them for conditions they may encounter overseas.

"What we're training, we start out with kind of a building block approach where we start with some simpler missions, and then they get a little bit more complex, and then at the end of our night training cycle they become much more advanced to kind of replicate what we would be doing if we had to deploy these jets overseas," said 148th Fighter Wing Operations Group Commander Nate Aysta.

The flights will take off around 8:00 pm, and be on the ground by 11:15 pm.

The 148th Fighter Wing acknowledges the training may be noisy for residents of Duluth, and around the Northland, but they say the appreciate the public's support and understanding that the training is required for their national defense and mission.


Ryan Juntti

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