Training exercises will increase military air traffic over Boise

September 27, 2013 

— The Mountain Roundup will run from Monday through Oct. 18 and will involve aircraft and personnel from both Mountain Home Air Force Base and Boise's Gowen Field.

The roundup is a joint training exercise that includes units from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Army, along with Royal Canadian Forces, the German Air Force and Singapore's 428th Fighter Squadron, which is stationed at Mountain Home.

The exercise is the culmination of a fighter weapons instructor course that begins at Hooloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and concludes with weapons instructor students acting as mission commanders for operations involving the Panavia Tornado, a twin-engine combat plane jointly developed by the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy.

The Tornado was used in the 1991 Gulf War, the Bosnian War and during conflicts in Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan.

The majority of the training exercises will take place over the Saylor Creek and Juniper Butte military training ranges located southeast of Mountain Home. However, Treasure Valley residents may see and hear an increase in the amount of military aerial activity.

Many of the aircraft to be used in the exercises utilize afterburning engines, which will increase noise levels near the Boise Airport. An afterburner allows a fighter plan to fly faster than the speed of sound. The afterburner creates additional thrust by injecting fuel directly into the plane's exhaust, according to NASA.

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