Staff Sgt. Colleen Payne, avionics technician in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, ensures a newly replaced F-16 canopy fits properly. Maintainers use generators to simulate electronics in the plane as if it’s running. Maintainers on the flightline must regularly work through cold weather conditions until their job is done, Payne said. “We’re going to be out here in the cold for about four hours,” she said. “We have to make sure the curve of the canopy is right, and the electronics are working the way they should.” (Senior Airman Crystal Charriere/U.S. Air Force)
F-16 pilots from Hill’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wings will conduct night flying missions through Nov. 21. Local residents can expect an increase in noise during the evening hours as pilots sharpen their nighttime combat flying skills.
The wings will conduct these missions Monday through Friday until about midnight.
The active duty 388th FW and the Reserve 419th FW limit night flying operations to the minimum required to remain proficient.
On May 11, a pilot in the 421st Fighter Squadron used all his previous flight safety training and then some, as he leaned on his wingman and his experience to respond to an in-flight emergency.
During a four ship G-Awareness Exercise, at 9:35 a.m., Capt. Justin Ankenbruck discovered his control stick had broken loose and instead of moving the characteristic quarter inch in all directions it was now moving one to two inches.
Starting a new job can bring with it a host of difficult and new responsibilities, but learning how to fly an F-16 is almost never one of them.
Yet, that is exactly what will be required of Col. Bryan Radliff as he takes over command of Hill Air Force Base’s 419th Fighter Wing.
The Hilltop Times and the Standard-Examiner sat down with Col. Sarah Zabel, 75th Air Base Wing commander, for a series of questions Jan. 3, before the Change of Command ceremony to be held next week (Jan. 11).
You are moving on?
I am moving on. The change of command is Jan. 11.
Will you be around after that?
Not for long. The timing of this change of command is because I'm going on to a class that all new generals go to. About the time it winds up I'm expecting to move into another job.
The skies may have been cloudy and gray over Hill AFB on Dec. 8, but the smiles from many happy children were simply beaming from ear to ear.
The 388th Fighter Wing entertained more than 175 guests at its annual Christmas party in Hanger 37.
Santa arrived in style, in an F-16 escorted by Lt. Col. Henry Rogers. "Santa Steve Brierley" also graciously donated his time, visiting with the children as they patiently waited in line. Santa is the step-father to the 388th Operations Support Squadron Honorary Commander, Karen Von Colln.
She's known for being one of the longest hitters on the tour, and Brittany Lincicome, a professional golfer with the LPGA, amiably visited Utah's northern most military installation recently to support a charity golf event and strap into an F-16 "Fighting Falcon" for the ride of a lifetime.
Lincicome, who resides in Seminole, Fla., supported the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah's annual Commander's Cup charity golf tournament Oct. 1 at Hill AFB's Hubbard Memorial Golf Course.
Sitting in the rear seat of an F-16 cockpit while flying over the Utah Test & Training Range, Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle witnessed firsthand the expertise of the American military, and it left her "awestruck."
"It was incredible. I cannot think of words to describe it," said Nagle, who took a 90-minute flight in a Fighting Falcon with Air Force Capt. Matthew Belle on July 17.
"Outside of the birth of my kids, it is the most incredible thing I have ever experienced," Nagle said.
Continuing a long-time tradition, F-16 fighter aircraft from Hill Air Force Base soared over community parades across the Wasatch Front and thrilled crowds at the Stadium of Fire celebration in Provo on Independence Day.
The flyovers began the morning of July 4th when a four-ship from Utah's only Air Force Reserve unit, the 419th Fighter Wing, flew above 19 parade routes. The 419th FW has supported Northern Utah community flyovers for nearly 30 years and holds the Air Force record for the most flyovers on the patriotic holiday.
When he hit the skies May 24 in an F-16 as a Hometown Hero, the pilot wasn't the only person in the plane with him, Shawn Grogan says.
The Ogden police officer was treated to a backseat ride in an F-16 Fighting Falcon that Thursday as part of the Air Force Thunderbirds Hometown Hero program.
The program is designed to highlight an individual from the local area who has sacrificed time and effort to improve the community.
As a member of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, Grogan was wounded in a January police shootout at the Ogden home of Matthew David Stewart.