We have received several phone calls about low-flying military jets in the area, so I decided to look into why this may be.

Here is the information I have received so far from Davis-Monthan. I'm waiting to hear back from the Air National Guard as well. I am digging a little deeper to get solid answers, but in the meantime:

  • Davis-Monthan tells me there were jets in the area around Veterans Day. We have received calls after Veterans Day, so this may have nothing to do with recent inquiries.
  • D-M also told me that jets will sometimes head for training at Barry M. Goldwater Range west of Tucson by flying over the Green Valley area. The flight path is determined by operational standards set by the Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration and is dictated by air traffic and weather. However, they should be flying at a higher altitude than is required by FAA regulations.
  • According to their rules, fixed-wing aircraft do not fly lower than 1,000 feet in congested, populated areas.
  • The majority of the aircraft departing and arriving at D-M train at the Barry M. Goldwater Range.
  • D-M pilots also regularly conduct currency training and evaluations at Libby Army Airfield at Fort Huachuca.
  • A-10C Thunderbolt II jets are the most common jets that come out of D-M. EC-130H Compass Call and HC-130J Combat King II fly out of D-M too. Did you see a low flying jet? Do you know the model of the jet you saw? (see... (More)