Follow-Up: F-18s Taking off From Hanscom

Screen grab of an F-18 during a vertical take-off – Image (c) rkm625, 2010 all rights reserved

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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.”

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Patty Dahlgren
January 27, 2018 9:28 am

Thank you for the update! The walls and windows of my house were rattling and shaking and the alarm next door went off from the vibrations. God bless our troops and keep them safe from harm.

January 27, 2018 8:33 am

I’ve never had a problem with jets taking off at Hanscom. In the 50’s and 60’s it was daily with C-5’s coming in and out late at night. But let’s be honest in statements. The jets were here for a Foxboro flyover before the game not really a training mission.

Joseph C Damery
February 2, 2018 7:15 am
Reply to  peterk

Of Course it was for that FLYOVER….. Gotta have them…. ” Go Pats “

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