Saturday, October 16, 2010

Units visit Davis-Monthan Air Base for Operation Snowbird

By Christina Stymfal
KOLD TV / News 13
Posted: Oct 16, 2010 3:14 AM
Updated: Oct 16, 2010 5:07 AM

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, AZ (KOLD) - United States Marine Corps and Maryland Air National Guard aircraft will operate here through the rest of the year as part of Operation Snowbird.

• 8 AV-8B Harrier IIs from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma will operate at Snowbird for the last two weeks of October.

• 10 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard will operate at Snowbird during the second and third weeks of November.

On arrival and departure, pilots will comply with all of the base's traffic patterns and noise abatement procedures, according to a news release.

Units visiting Snowbird typically use this training in preparation for upcoming deployments. Davis-Monthan and surrounding training sites offer visiting aircrews similar conditions they would face in deployed environments, making the base and its assets ideal for combat training.

Operation Snowbird provides support for visiting flying units from U.S. military installations and allied partners needing to train in the optimal weather conditions and ample ranges of Southern Arizona.


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