Iowa Air National Guard to Conduct Training Over Iowa Cities
By Sam Lane, Reporter
JOHNSTON, Iowa - The Iowa Air National Guard will be conducting training exercises with aircraft over a number of Iowa Cities Thursday and Friday, according to a news release.
The Guard's 132nd Fighter Wing, which is based in Des Moines, and the 185th Air Refueling Wing from Sioux City will be undergoing flight training missions over Ames, the Des Moines metro area, Iowa City-Cedar Rapids and Sioux City, as well as surrounding areas.
Col. Greg Hapgood, the public affairs officer for the Iowa Air National Guard, said officials haven't released specific times for the training. The sessions over Iowa skies will "provide realistic training for support of multi-faceted, overseas combat missions," the release said. The Guard will be using F-16 fighter aircraft and KC-135 tanker aircraft during the training.
Both planes can be visible when flying lower than 10,000 feet, Hapgood said.
Hapgood said officials are alerting the public about the training so no one is worried about about the planes or the sounds they create.
"It's going to be pretty exciting to be perfectly honest," Hapgood said. "It's a pretty special view."
Nothing will be dropped from the aircraft and no hazardous activities will take place, the release said.
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