F-15 Fighter Jet Doing Touch-And-Go Training At PTIA in Greensboro

Fighter Jets Spotted at PTI Airport

If you've heard a lot of racket coming from around the airport today, you're not alone. Our newsroom got several calls and messages on social media about low-flying planes flying around this morning. 

So what's going on?

An F-15 jet is doing touch-and-go training according to Piedmont Triad International Airport. 

PTI officials say this happens quite frequently, sometimes multiple times a week, but not necessarily with an F-15.

Today's touch-and-go training was especially loud because of the cloud cover. The clouds act as a sort of blanket to keep the sounds more contained rather than spreading out.

The runway length at PTI is 10,000 feet and that gives pilots enough space for the quick take offs and turns.

Kevin Baker the executive director of the Piedmont Triad Authority explained the airport is also a good fit because it's not as busy than other airports.

"Certainly I think they don't want to get into the commotion of the hub cities like a Charlotte or in Atlanta, where the air space is a lot more congested, and it's more difficult for them to have the freedom to do these touch it and goes." Baker said.

Weather spotter Bill Ballentine sent us a photo of one of the jets. Let us know if you see any cool sights from their training! Email us a picture at myphotos@wfmy.com or send it to us on Facebook or Twitter.

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