Klamath Falls, Ore. - F-15 pilots are getting night flight training at Kingsley Field this week.
Flying an F-15 is difficult enough during the day just imagine doing it in the dark.
"We typically fight our wars at night." Notes Major Ryan Bocchi of the Oregon Air National Guard. "So we've got to effectively train them at night with night vision goggles."
Major Bocchi adds that the night flight training takes place about every 6 weeks.
"The busier we get the more often we're doing it."
The jets create a thunderous roar.
Isaac Blodgett was one of a group of 4-H members on hand to watch the take-offs.
"What's your impression of seeing the jets take off this close?' 'It's pretty cool - for sure - it's a great experience."
While the flights begin and end at Kingsley Field, Bocchi says the training takes place over a remote section of southeastern Oregon.
"Going to the air refueling track, and getting gas from a tanker at night - which becomes a challenge in itself."
The current night flying exercises will continue through Thursday.
Each pilot in training will make about 4 night flights.
The night training missions are usually completed by 11:30 p.m.