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Fighter jets to fly over San Luis Obispo County

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Fighter jets will be flying Thursday night over San Luis Obispo County.

Pilots with the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard stationed at Fresno Air National Guard Base will be training on flying with night vision.

Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn, a public affairs specialist with the 144th Fighter Wing, said training on Wednesday night took the jets over the Pacific. They passed through the Central Coast on the way there and back. The same thing will happen again Thursday night.

The jets may go supersonic over the water and the sound from the resulting sonic booms may carry across the county, Tech. Sgt. Vaughn said.

Many northern San Luis Obispo County residents have reported hearing loud booms and/or experiencing their homes rattling in recent nights.

"The training is required for all pilots to be proficient flying with night vision equipment to ensure that they are ready to support the needs of combatant commanders across the globe," the 144th Fighter Wing posted Tuesday to Facebook.

The night flying will continue through Sunday, although much of it will take place over the desert, Tech. Sgt. Vaughn said. He added the jets are scheduled to land in Fresno by 10 p.m. each night.

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