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2nd large-scale air exercise scheduled for airport area

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    F-15's taxi onto the runway as the Hawaii Air Guard holds their Sentry Aloha fighter jet exercise.
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Those who enjoyed the sight of Air Force fighters arcing over southern Oahu in January during the "Sentry Aloha" air combat exercise are about to get a second helping.

The Hawaii Air National Guard said it will host its second large-scale Sentry Aloha exercise beginning Thursday and running for the next two weeks.

"Area residents may see an increase in fighter aircraft activity as they take off and land at Honolulu International Airport," the Air Guard said. The exercise officially begins on Thursday, but residents already may see additional aircraft arriving at Honolulu Airport.

For this iteration, F-15 Eagles from Oregon and Florida will be participating, the Guard said. The Arizona Air National Guard will send F-16 Falcons, A-10 Warthogs, C-130 Hercules transports, and a KC-135 Stratotanker. KC-135 refueling tankers will also be coming from Iowa and Maine.

U.S. Navy aviators will be flying variants of the F/A-18 Hornet from California out of the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base. A total of 45 aircraft and over 1,000 service personnel from seven states will be participating, the Guard said.

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