Fighter pilots from Buckley Air Force Base are preparing for a long weekend as they suit up for four days of intense training, according to a Wednesday release.
The Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing will hone their flying skills March 1-4, as pilots get the chance to practice essential skills and log flight hours.
“As an Air National Guard unit, we have a limited number of days to train our traditional, part-time members,” Air Force Col. Brian Turner, the wing commander, said in a statement. “This four-day training period is one of the most important training opportunities for our personnel this year.”
The training will allow full and part-time pilots with the unit the chance to rack up day and night flight hours and practice using night vision goggles, explained Maj. Jordan Wilkie, a pilot in the unit and a 2005 Air Force Academy graduate.
Wilkie is excited to put paperwork and additional duties aside this weekend and do what he loves.
“It is all about flying and being a tactical aviator,” he said. “You kind of get to come in and just be a fighter pilot all weekend long.”
While the unit will be flying to training areas across the state, no live-fire training will occur, according to Wilkie.
That means that the only impact on the community will be some late night take off and landings.
“The community’s patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as the 140th Wing works hard to perfect the mission-essential function necessary to protect national security,” said Turner.