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Training exercise brings fighter jets to Central Coast

Valley Thunder
Posted at 4:42 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 20:39:26-05

You may hear the sound of fighter jets flying over the Central Coast for the next few weeks. Here's why.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Fresno's 144th Fighter Wing says it is part of a training exercise called Valley Thunder.

Over the next two weeks, until Feb. 12, military fighter jets will be conducting training. The jets are taking off from the Fresno Air National Guard Base in Fresno, Calif. to different training airspaces.

The Central Coast region is one of those being used for air combat training. F-15s, F-16s, F-35s, and T38s are some of the aircraft involved.

The fighter jets also passed over the San Luis Obispo Airport on Tuesday, but they did not land. According to airport officials, the jets performed a low approach. They flew over the runway at a low elevation before taking off.

Valley Thunder is expected to last through Feb. 12, with the fighter jets training between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.