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Fighter Jets Practice Off Coast of Georgia

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Posted at 5:17 AM, Feb 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-16 05:17:00-05

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Fighter pilots from across the United States are training in a large exercise off the coast of Georgia.

The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1ABQruB ) the exercise will draw military units from Washington, D.C., Florida, Minnesota and South Carolina. It ends Feb. 22.

Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Rachel said the exercise gives pilots the change to experience flying in areas crowded with dozens of planes. He said it's an important skill for pilots heading into combat zones.

Besides practicing dogfighting, pilots will train by dropping inert bombs and other munitions at a range in McIntosh County.