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

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.

F16 Fighting Falcon prepares for training flight in Des Moines.
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.