Windows will rattle and buildings will shudder next week as the skies over the Charleston area become a training arena for some of the Air Force's most capable fighter jets.
A squadron of F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina will be conducting practice maneuvers over the area from Monday through next Friday, the Air Force said Wednesday.
Area residents can expect increased jet noise between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on those days.
The jets, which can fly at more than twice the speed of sound, were to begin arriving at the Air Force Base on Wednesday.
The jets are with the 333rd Fighter Squadron, which is a training unit that prepares pilots and weapons system officers to operate the F-15E Strike Eagle.
The F-15E is a dual-role fighter, capable of air-to-air as well as air-to-ground missions. Each of its twin engines can generate up to 29,000 pounds of thrust.
An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all kinds of weather. According to Boeing, the jet's manufacturer, the F-15E was the only fighter able to attack ground targets around the clock, in all weather conditions, during the Balkan conflict.
The training next week will help ensure that the air crews are prepared to support contingency operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force said.
As part of its final training, the squadron regularly travels to another base to practice working from an unfamiliar base in unfamiliar airspace. This time, planners at Seymour Johnson have chosen Joint Base Charleston.