South Carolina Air Force squadron to train in Vermont with F-16s

South Carolina News

A South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 pilot from McEntire Air Base performs drills during the Air National Guard Day, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, in Eastover, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An Air Force squadron from South Carolina will be training with F-16 fighter jets in Vermont over the next week.

The Vermont National Guard says a small contingent assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base will arrive on Wednesday with six F-16s.

The Guard says the squadron will be doing flying missions at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington on Thursday and Friday, with morning and afternoon takeoffs and Monday and Tuesday with morning launches.

The Guard says the intent  is to test the capabilities of the airmen while working “out of a deployed, simulated remote location with minimal personnel.”

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