Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Jessica Casserley, a Community Relations specialist in the 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs office at Hanscom Air Force Base, confirmed on Friday that the aircraft taking off from Hanscom Field on Monday morning, January 22 were a pair F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets assigned to Commander Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA. The aircraft were at Hanscom for a training mission.
The Naval Air Station Oceana Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Colaizzi, also provided the following statement: “Using afterburner for takeoff in a Hornet/Super Hornet is standard procedure. No danger is implied by the use of afterburner.”