Holloman AFB Buzzing With Flights

Holloman AFB Buzzing With Flights
Friday, January 14, 2011 - 5:35pm

HOLLOMAN AFB, NM - The 49th Wing has announced Holloman AFB is currently hosting an aerial exercise involving a number of aircraft.

The exercise, which is taking place over portions of White Sands Missile Range airspace, will continue until Friday, Jan. 21.

“With an exercise of this scope, we realize there will be some impact to the communities in Otero, Lincoln and Dona Ana counties,” said Mr. Arlan Ponder, 49th Wing Public Affairs deputy chief. “We will continue to make every effort to balance the requirements of our training and help reduce the impact of that training on our neighboring communities, while also ensuring all the required goals of the exercise are met.”

Holloman also acknowledges the sonic booms experienced over Otero and Dona Ana counties over the last week were related to the exercise.

The aircraft will conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground training in airspace designated by the Federal Aviation Administration to include White Sands Missile Range.

During the exercise, you could experience increased low flying aircraft and sonic booms. As a result of the F-22’s “super cruise” capability, sonic booms can occur when the aircraft is in flight.

In addition to sonic booms and low flying aircraft, residents could also experience military personnel driving slowly though local areas during the day or early evening.

All questions regarding the exercise or for additional information on Holloman, please contact the 49th Wing Public Affairs office at 575-572-5406 or 575-572-7381 during regular business hours, or 575-572-7575 after hours.

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