F-16s Mission Change for Iowa Air Guard By Rick Fredericksen • Oct 15, 2013 U.S. Air Force The fight to save Iowa's last jet fighter squadron is history; Des Moines' F-16s are gone and training for the next mission is well underway. End of an Era By Rick Fredericksen • Sep 8, 2013 Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio One-hundred-ten years after the Wright Brothers made aviation history, a ceremony was held to commemorate the end of manned flight by a unit of the Iowa Air National Guard. F-16 Noise Complaints to End By Rick Fredericksen • Jun 10, 2013 Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio Relief is coming soon for Des Moines residents bothered by noisy F-16 jet fighters. All 21 planes, with their roaring engines, will be phased out by fall. We observed flight training for the full impact.