F/A-18 Hornet jets arrive at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Published On: Jul 12 2013 05:46:09 PM HST   Updated On: Jul 12 2013 05:53:07 PM HST

These fighter jets have a very distinct roar when they take off.

"It's the sound of freedom," said Lt. Col. Kevin Paetzold.

Hawaii residents could be getting an earful of that freedom.  Twelve F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets will be temporarily housed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii to conduct training exercises on the Big Island.

"We have the capability to do air-to-ground missions," said Lt. Col. Paetzold.  "We'll be out there dropping smart bombs and guided weapons.  We do air-to-air training as well where we simulate as if we are fighting against other aircraft."

Even though these planes will be carrying live rounds, the military assures Hawaii residents they will be safe.

"We took off and head over the water.  We proceed to the range and fly into the town and drop in a designated area with our systems and our F/A-18s.  They are very precise," said Lt. Col Paetzold.

In addition to training, the 20 pilots as well as 180 other Marines Based in Fort Worth are here to maintain a presence in the Pacific, including any from North Korea.

These fighter jets may look familiar to you.  They are the same ones the Blue Angels fly during the Kaneohe Bay Airshow.

The jets will be stationed in Kaneohe for three weeks, which means more noise and air activity for Windward Oahu residents.

PHOTOS: F/A-18 Hornet jets at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Click here to see more pictures of the F/A-18 Hornet jets.

"Around lunch time, launch and then at dusk.  We are not going to be flying in the morning early.  We are going to minimize our impact on the community," said Lt. Col. Paetzold.


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