Monday , July 02, 2018 - 5:15 AM
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — For the second consecutive year, Hill Air Force base will feature some of its F-35 Lightning IIs at local Fourth of July celebrations.
According to a press release from Hill’s 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office, four F-35s will fly over 14 cities, including Centerville, Clearfield, Farr West, Huntsville, Kaysville, Liberty, Morgan, Murray, North Ogden, Park City, Riverdale, Vernal, West Point and West Jordan.
Other cities along the Wasatch Front will likely see the jets as they move across the state.
According to the release, Lt. Col. Bart Wilbanks, Lt. Col. Nathan Litz, Lt. Col. Jayson Rickard and Capt. Mark Tappendorf will pilot the jets. The four reservists have more than 10,000 combined flying hours, along with multiple combat deployments.
Timetables for the flyovers are fluid, but they will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and end around 11 a.m., so those hoping to see the jets should keep their eyes the skies during that time.
The Air Force reserve unit at Hill has been doing Fourth of July flyovers in Utah since 1983. Last year was the first year F-35s were featured, with F-16 Fighting Falcons being showcased before that.
Hill received its first two F-35s in September 2015. By the end of 2019, the base will house three fighter squadrons made up of 78 jets. The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and the reserve 419th fly and maintain the jets.
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