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New Mexico base seeks expanded training space for flights

German air force Tornado and an F-16 Fighting Falcon fly in formation together at Holloman Air Force Base, Aug. 17, 2017. German air force Tornado and an F-16 Fighting Falcon fly in formation together at Holloman Air Force Base, Aug. 17, 2017.  |  Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Bradford

The Associated Press
September 13, 2017 04:13 PM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) -- Holloman Air Force Base officials say their current array of flight training areas in southern New Mexico is outdated and that some need to be expanded, reshaped and relocated.

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Officials from the Alamogordo, New Mexico, base are holding public meetings this week in several communities to receive public input on proposed changes that would have jet fighters flying over sparsely populated rural areas not now used for that purpose.

Holloman says its goals include maximizing training time, minimizing transit time for aircraft and limiting impacts to civil aviation.

The changes will be assessed in an upcoming environmental impact statement.

The charges are being considered as F-16s now based at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah, are being shifted to Holloman to make room for new F-35s at Hill.

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