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Here Comes the Boom, Night Flying Over Southern Ohio

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, flies over the 180FW during a training mission in Swanton, Ohio, June 1, 2023. The 180FW is the only F-16 fighter wing in the state of Ohio, whose mission is to provide for America; protection of the homeland, effective combat power and defense support to civil authorities, while developing Airmen, supporting their families and serving in our community. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kregg York)

SOUTHERN OHIO – The 180th Fighter Wing has reported that they will be performing night flying starting Tonight

The F-16 can travel at more than 1,500 mph, and more than 2 times the speed of sound. At that speed, you could travel from Toledo to Washington D.C. in about 15 minutes. The 180th fighter wing is located in Swanton Ohio which is around 150 miles away from Southern Ohio, but only takes minutes to get around Ohio during training missions.

Local “booms” are not uncommon when these jet fighters hit the speed of sound called a sonic boom. You may hear these overnight the next few nights and wonder what it is.

The jets plan to fly on April 15-18th weather permitting, these days may be moved because of weather, so look up you might get to see some skilled pilots flying.