Barnes to conduct refueling training, night flying

An F-15 can hold close to 1600 gallons of fuel in its tank.

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents around Barnes Air National Guard Base can expect increased noise and abnormal flying activity beginning Wednesday.

The 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base is scheduled to conduct both “hot pit” refueling training and night flying training through Saturday.

“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 news release sent to 22News from Barnes, F-15 aircraft may occasionally takeoff and land in non-standard directions to increase the safety and efficiency of limited “hot pit” training missions.

Night flying will also take place during the four-day period.

“The evening missions are a critical part of our required reoccurring pilot training,” said Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey from 104th FW Public Affairs. “The night training ensures our pilots are ready to respond to any airborne threat in the Northeastern United States, at any time, in any condition.”