Noise levels will increase as Operation Jaded Thunder begins

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by KTVB.com

NWCN.com

Posted on May 3, 2010 at 9:12 AM

BOISE -- The Treasure Valley is about to get a little louder this week as National Guard Airmen train for war.

Vermont’s Air National Guard sent ten F-16s to Gowen Field for the two-week training exercise which. Starting Monday, their pilots will begin training in the area around Gowen Field and Mountain Home Air Force Base.

Operation Jaded Thunder will allow the pilots to train in conditions they may not find elsewhere in the  country.

"We have the mountainous terrain, we have the desert terrain," said Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard. "We have the high heat in the summer time, all of which simulates very closely what they would expect  to see in Afghanistan or Iraq."

The Idaho National Guard already flies A-10 jets around the Treasure Valley, but the F-16s will be much louder. 

Marsano said the F-16s will take to the sky eight times a day. To help control the noise, the jets won't fly as much on the weekend, and the noisy jet booster will be turned off early in the flight. 

"As often as we possibly can we're going to have these guys take off to the east, maybe a little bit less populated of an area, and certainly they're going to try to get the afterburners turned off by the time they reach 300 knots, which is usually going to be at the end of the airfield," Marsano said.

Marsano said this training mission will give both the pilots and ground crews critical practice time so when they get the call for combat, they're ready to go.

This F-16 mission continues until Wednesday, May 12.
 

 

 

 

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