Several F-16 fighter jet crews from Fresno are learning how to make the switch to F-15's at Kingsley Field...And the added training is also helping to prepare crews at Kingsley Field for possible expansion.
The F-16 has a single engine, and a single tail...
While the F-15 has two engines, and a twin tail.
Captain Luke Campagne of the 144th Fighter Wing of Fresno, California notes they fly differently...
"Both, high-performance sports cars - it's really hard to differentiate between the two, they just have a different feel to them."
There are four more F-15's than usual at Kingsley Field, and 38 additional airmen from Fresno are learning how to fly and maintain them.
Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Smith of the Oregon Air National Guard notes that it's also a bit of a test for Kingsley Field...
"It also means, it's kind of proof of concept that we can absorb more people here, in the existing infrastructure and still accomplish more of a mission."
Lieutenant Colonel Smith adds that maintaining the F-15 is a little more complex than the F-16...
"You can't just go replace that box. You've got to go dig into it, try to figure out what went wrong with it, put it back together."
Crews from Fresno will be rotating through about every two months.
"Everyone here is awesome." Says Captain Campagne. "We've been fully integrated into the team, just like one of their own."
Lieutenant Colonel Smith points out that people in Klamath Falls will notice some extra jets flying soon...
"Starting December 30th, we'll have about 4 more sorties a day. Two in the morning, and two again in the afternoon in addition to what we normally do."
And the additional 38 airmen are likely to result in some additional business for local stores.
The airmen from Fresno arrived about the same time as sub-zero temperatures hit the Klamath Basin.
It should be considerably warmer when they leave in late June, or early July.