A higher than usual level of aircraft activity will take place this week as Hill Air Force Base conducts Battleweek, a combat readiness exercise.
Monday through Wednesday, the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing will conduct about 200 takeoffs between 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. On Thursday, 60 takeoffs are scheduled between 4 and 6:30 p.m.The wing will resume a normal schedule Friday unless inclement weather during the week forces a rescheduling of part of the exercise, according to Lt. Col. Wayne Warren, chief of wing inspections.
"Any time our operations deviate from the norm, we feel it's important to let our neighbors know what to expect," Warren said. "There will be isolated instances where aircraft will simulate airfield attacks, requiring them to fly below 2,000 feet.
"Also, for added realism, we will use bomb burst simulators during day and night hours," Warren said.
In addition to the F-16s flown by the 388th, a group of F-111 aircraft and pilots from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, will participate in the exercise, along with the 729th Tactical Control Squadron from Hill, which will deploy to the West Desert south of Wendover.