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Idaho Air National Guard hosting F-18s this week. Here’s when they’re flying.

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This promotional video, created for the U.S. Air Force's demonstration team, shows the kind of display Boise audiences will get when the Thunderbirds visit Gowen Field in October 2017.

You might hear an unusual roar in the skies over the Treasure Valley this week.

F-18 fighter jets from a Naval station in Virginia will be training this week with the Idaho Air National Guard’s A-10s at Gowen Field in Boise.

They will fly twice a day — once in the late afternoon, and once in the evening — from today through Tuesday, April 30, according to a press release from the Idaho Military Division.

The training will not go past 10 p.m.

Each training will involve eight F-18s and six A-10s. They will be flying south of Boise in the flight paths typically used by the Guard and Air Force units based at Mountain Home.

“In order to maintain combat readiness, it is critical that we train with units from other services that operate different fighter aircraft,” Col. Tim Donnellan, commander of the 124th Fighter Wing, said in the press release. “This type of training is invaluable in order to establish interoperability before we partner in combat.”

About 150 members of the 391st Fighter Squadron returned April 16 to Mountain Home Air Force Base from a nearly seven-month deployment to southwest Asia.

Idaho military officials say the training is needed “to increase proficiency in close air support and forward air controller missions.”

The visiting F-18s are from the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Air Wing Three. They are training with the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing’s 190th Squadron.

A special phone line has been set up to address questions, concerns and comments from the public: 208-422-5252.

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