SHAW AIR FORCE BASE - Pilots from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter will conduct nighttime exercises this week and next.
Air Force officials said F-16 jets will be taking off and landing as late as 10 p.m. through Thursday this week and from Monday through Thursday of next week.
The night operations allow pilots to fly with night vision equipment and practice tactics critical to surviving in combat.
The F-16 jets, dubbed Fighting Falcons, are used to protect troops on the ground or battle other aircraft in air-to-air encounters.
A unit of pilots and aviation support specialists left Shaw last week in a four-month deployment to Afghanistan.