More jets overhead

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 01, 2017 - 11:10 am

Have you seen and heard more military jets flying overhead lately?  Many people have noted an increase in air activity.

The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse has some additional aircraft in town.

"We do have a detachment who has come to the base to do some training." Public Affairs Officer Andrew Thomas told WWL First News. "They do have 18 to 20 F18s."

Thomas says that's on top of the regular compliment of planes.  He explains that they are trying to minimize the loud noise.

"We are sincerely trying to avoid flying over the city has much as possible."

He says as much as they can, they conduct flights over the Gulf of Mexico.   

The base is home to more than 30 commands and more than 60 aircraft from all branches. 

Thomas notes that flights will be restricted to mostly daylight hours. 

"The public's cooperation and understanding is appreciated during this training period." 

NAS JRB New Orleans is the first military air facility in the United States planned and built to serve as a joint service air reserve training center. 

The installation also serves as a platform for assistance with homeland security air defense through the Louisiana Air National Guard as well as search and rescue efforts for much of the Gulf Coast by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station. 

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