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148th Fighter Wing hosts 'Northern Lightning' training exercises

Aviators from multiple U.S. military branches are in Duluth to take part in a two-week flight exercise intended to simulate air and ground combat operations. "Northern Lightning" is a twice-annual training simulation for nearly 1,000 participants and about 50 aircraft, split between the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth and the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center north of Madison, Wis. On Tuesday afternoon, a group of EA-18s and F-16s lined up and took off from the Air National Guard base in Duluth, heading out to train over parts of Lake Superior.