“Hot pit” training underway at Barnes Air National Guard Base

Refueling method allows jets to be filled-up while engines are running

104th Fighter Wing
An F-15 from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield. File image.

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you live near Barnes Air National Guard Base, you may notice some additional jet noise over the next couple of days.

That is due to “hot pit” refueling training that is going on at the base. “Hot pit” refueling is conducted while the plane’s engines are running, and allows aircraft to take off quickly after being filled-up. It is a common practice throughout the Air Force, and allows them to respond more rapidly.

According to a 104th Fighter Wing news release sent to 22News, while this training is going on, some aircraft “may occasionally takeoff opposite to standard noise abatement procedures. These sorties will remain a very low percentage of all sorties flown.”

“This training will include F-15 aircraft scheduled to take off and land in a non-standard direction to increase safety and efficiency when doing Hot Pits.”

The hot pit training is expected to continue through Thursday.