FLIGHT PATTERN: Iowa Air Guard Training

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Those who live and work near the Des Moines International Airport may be taking more notice of F-16 fighter jets in the area.

The Iowa National Guard says a runway construction project at the airport has forced the 132nd Fighter Wing to use a different runway than normal and that means planes could be more visible and audible.

During training missions planes may be flying at lower altitudes in the Des Moines metro area. The Guard says the most affected areas are between Fleur Dr. and SW 9th St., and between Park Ave. and McKinley Ave.

Most training missions are scheduled for daylight hours, but some could be scheduled at night.

The 132nd Fighter Wing will return to using its regular runway once construction is complete. The project is expected to be finished sometime in October.

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