The 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth will conduct night flying through Dec. 19.

"This period of night flying will allow the wing to conduct night air-to-air training and air-to-air refueling using night vision devices," the 148th said in a news release Tuesday. "Night flying is required for pilot proficiency to train for future missions worldwide. Most night flying occurs in the winter months due to the earlier sunset times, enabling jets to land prior to midnight."

Local residents can expect to hear F-16s taking off and landing during the afternoon and evening. All F-16s are figured to be on the ground nightly by 11:15 p.m.