Runway resurfacing at Mountain Home Air Force base this summer will prompt a three-week relocation of up to 54 F-15E Strike Eagle jets to Gowen Field, where they will conduct training flights, the U.S. Air Force announced Friday.
Because of the F-15E's afterburning engines, Boise residents can expect to hear additional noise compared to the A-10s that fly out of Gowen. Noise reduction programs aim to keep that additional noise to a minimum, according to a Friday evening news release from Mountain Home Air Force Base and the Idaho National Guard.
About 800 Air Force personnel from the Mountain Home base will commute from the base to Boise each day of the operations, which are scheduled from Aug. 2 to 24, according to the news release. They will operate from currently unused facilities at Gowen, generally transporting equipment Mountain Home to maintain the jets, according to the news release.
Three squadrons of the 366th Fighter Wing will temporarily relocate their jets to Gowen: the 389th Fighter Squadron, thge 391st FS and the 428th FS, Republic of Singapore Air Force.
This is the fourth time since 2002 that Gowen Field has hosted another military unit due to runway maintenance.