SJAFB fighter jets simulate mission to honor WWII history
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SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE -- Seventy fighter jets took flight from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Monday to honor World War II history.
Airmen from the 4th Fighter Wing went on an intense training mission to destroy more than 1,000 targets across North Carolina. Its purpose was to mirror a specific attack during World War II in Europe, when the wing successfully took out a large number of German aircraft.
"We're kinda paying homage and honor the past warriors, not only from World War II but from the Korean War and Vietnam and the Gulf War and showing the airmen today the connection that they have to the history and showing them what they are capable of doing in the future," said Col. Patrick Doherty, the 4th Fighter Wing Commander.
This was the largest training exercise in the history of the wing.