There are some who think the sound of night-training flights and exercises at the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing can be a little unsettling. After all, you can't miss the sounds of a loud F-16 fighter jet "buzzing our house at night".

But most people in South Jersey understand it's a mild inconvenience for an important purpose and don't seem to mind the sound of the military jets at all, even at night.

The New Jersey Air National Guard has released its plans for nighttime flight training in June, in an attempt to let those in the flight path know in advance what it is they are hearing.

According to a Facebook post from the 177th Fighter Wing...

The New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing will be engaged in a Wing training exercise starting Wednesday, June 14th, through Friday, June 17th, 2023.

Activities will be limited to the confines of the base....


Residents surrounding the Atlantic City International Airport can expect training operations to include night flying, as well as exercise-related sirens/horns and pyrotechnic explosions during the exercise.

This exercise is a typical training event required every 12 to 18 months to ensure mission capability and survivability in an overseas military operation.

The sessions are usually held from dusk to 11 pm.

The training is designed to evaluate and ensure mission readiness in support of worldwide deployment, according to officials.

The 177th Fighter Wing, which includes the F16-C Fighting Falcon, is based at Atlantic City International Airport in Atlantic County.

The Air National Guard says the sessions “are designed to help prepare mission-capable, combat-ready Airmen and aircraft for the homeland defense mission and worldwide deployment in support of U.S. Air Force objectives.”

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