Air Force moving fighter jet training unit to Virginia base

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By Associated Press | Published Jun. 26, 2021 5:30 p.m.

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The Air Force is permanently moving its its F-22 fighter jet training operation from Florida to Virginia, officials said Friday.

The F-22 training squadron will be based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton.

The squadron originally was located at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Florida, before Hurricane Michael heavily damaged the base in October 2018. It has been temporarily located at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Florida.

The Daily Press reports that the unit has 31 F-22 fighters and 16 T-38 training aircraft.

Bruce Sturk, Hampton’s director of federal facilities support, estimates the squadron’s move will bring a total of 2,100 to 2,200 people to the region.

The Air Force has said the arrival of the training unit would more than double the annual number of F-22 flights from Langley’s airfield, from over 22,000 to nearly 50,000.

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Winchester Art and Music Festival returns

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The Winchester Art and Music Festival began yesterday in downtown Winchester and is open until Sunday.

The Arts and Hearts Association is hosting the event with this year’s theme being “The Mystery of Arts Renewal.”

The “Spirituality in Art” exhibit is open to the public today and tomorrow starting at noon.

This evening will feature musical performances by world renowned pianist Lynne Mackey and classical guitarist Eugene B Smith followed by the Fellowship of the Sip Festival Party.

Tomorrow will also feature a Movie Tasting event with the Arts and Hearts association’s Movie Academy.

Head to visitwinchesterva.com for more details.

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Just Love Community Fair brings family fun

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What’s New Worship hosts Just Love Community Fair this Sunday from noon to 6 pm at Frederick County Fairgrounds.

This free family event will include pony rides, a mechanical bull, obstacle courses, music, food vendors, and appearances by some of our favorite cartoon characters.

All of the attractions are free thanks to numerous local businesses and individuals with a small fee for food.

The inspiration for this event comes from the Christian ideals of giving without asking for anything in return.

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Shenandoah Valley Motorcycle Expo rolls through

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The Shenandoah Valley Motorcycle Expo is rolling out this weekend at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds.

This is the largest motorcycle event in the Valley that usually draws hundreds of riders from around the area.

Some of the featured events this year include the car and motorcycle shows, as well as live music from some local bands, a beer garden, and fun adult contests for things like the hairiest biker.

Sunday is Family Fun Day which will feature face painting, pony rides, and petting zoo.

For more information, head to jwwmotorsports.com

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