Navy F-18s stop in Ketchikan to refuel
June 15, 2022
On a sunny afternoon, Ketchikan International Airport got a surprise visit from some unusual guests.
At about noon on June 7, five U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornets touched down at the airport for about two hours to refuel on their way north to Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks.
Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Hempler, one of the Hornet pilots, spoke with the Daily News by phone after the jets touched down at Eielson, where they will participate in RED FLAG-Alaska, a joint training exercise that takes place over the course of about 10 days. They’ll remain at Eielson for about two-and-a-half weeks in all...