F-16 fighters temporarily move to DIA

DENVER - Colorado Air National Guard F-16 fighters that typically stay at Buckley Air Force Base are moving to Denver International Airport because of runway construction at Buckley Air Force Base.

The National Guard has already started moving the aircraft, all of which will be at DIA by sometime next week. For security reasons, the guard doesn't reveal the precise number of aircraft involved.

Visitors to the airport are likely to see the F-16s on training missions that take place Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as one weekend a month.

The aircraft will be parked in a portion of the airport restricted to military personnel and guarded by military police.

Buckley's F-16s used DIA during a similar situation about 10 years ago. The aircraft move shouldn't affect commercial flight operations at DIA.

Capt Kinder Blacke from the Colorado Air National Guard tells 9NEWS that most guard pilots also work in commercial aviation and are familiar with DIA.

The Buckley construction project is likely to last for a number of months but should completed sometime this summer, when the F-16s will return to the air force base.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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