Tyndall Air Force Base completing Checkered Flag exercise

 TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WMBB) — You may be hearing the sound of freedom a little bit more than usual over the next few weeks. Tyndall Air Force Base is completing its Checkered Flag exercise. “It has multiple different types of fighters, some newer, some older, we call them fifth and forth gen aircraft,” […] [[{“value”:”

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WMBB) — You may be hearing the sound of freedom a little bit more than usual over the next few weeks.

Tyndall Air Force Base is completing its Checkered Flag exercise.

“It has multiple different types of fighters, some newer, some older, we call them fifth and forth gen aircraft,” Checkered Flag Deputy Director Scott Mitchell said. “We also have command and control, larger aircraft that integrate with the exercise and tanker operations.”


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Navy, Marine, and Air Force flight crews are participating in the exercise, designed to help the different branches coordinate operations.

“It’s important just for the integration of the multiple different units that will be deploying with each other,” Mitchell said. “Every aircraft has a different capability and being able to utilize those different capabilities in a specific way helps improve the overall fight.”

There’s just as much work on the grounds as there is in the air.

“It’s great for a multitude of reasons, not just the operators, the pilots of the aircraft, but the ground crew and their integration, the cargo operations, bringing them in and out, and the logistics about how we actually deploy different types of units,” Mitchell said.

Checkered Flag won’t be the only reason flight operations will be increasing at Tyndall over the summer.

“You will continue to hear noise from all the different participating units here at Checkered Flag,” Mitchell said. “Over the next year, two, or three years, we are gaining more F-35s at Tyndall Air Force Base so it’s going to be a steady sound of freedom here at Tyndall as we gain more units.”


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The first F-35s arrived last August. Tyndall will be the home base for three operational F-35 Squadrons, with 78 jets.

This year marks a decade since Tyndall first hosted the checkered flag exercise.

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