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Fighter Jets return to Griffiss

The sound of fighter jets passing over Griffiss and Rome are sounds that haven't been heard since the base was open.

Posted: Jun 23, 2019 6:31 PM

ROME, N.Y - The sound of fighter jets passing over Griffiss and Rome are sounds that haven't been heard since the base was open.

This week, the Classic Jet Aircraft Association brought a few of their planes to Griffiss for a week of aerobatics training.

The club's mission is to continue to advocate for the right for private pilots to continue be allowed to fly these airplanes with the least amount of regulation possible.

Their website said that they do this by holding events for various government agencies and events for the general public.

Because of the nature of the activity, the event today was exclusive to members of the club. But they allowed News Channel 2's Brent Kearney to observe and even fly in the aircraft.

"Its a group of people that own these classic jets and there's a variety of jets. This is the more popular one because it's more readily available its called an L39 albatross, a Russian designed aircraft," said pilot Larry Lee.

Each of the pilots loved this event because it brings people together that share the same passion for the same hobby.

"The freedom in the air, being up in a 3-dimensional area and solving the problems that we need to deal with all the time," said Lee.

The pilots were here from June 19th to June 23rd. They said that their planning on returning next year.

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