Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Buckley pilots suit up for long weekend of flying

By: Tony Peck
February 28, 2018 Updated: February 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm
0
Caption +
Preparing for departure from Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., a Colorado Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon is taxied into position. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Cheresa Theiral)

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.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

or
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 
This is your last FREE article for the month
This is your last FREE article for the month

Subscribe now and enjoy Unlimited Digital Access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?

 
You have reached your article limit for the month
You have reached your article limit for the month

We hope that you've enjoyed your complimentary access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 

Exclusive Subscriber Content

You read The Gazette because you care about your community and the local stories you can't find anywhere else.

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber? Get Access | Already a digital subscriber? Log In
 
articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.