Northern Edge

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off during Northern Edge, May 14, 2019, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Northern Edge provides effective, capabilities-centered joint forces, ready for deployment world-wide and enables real-world proficiency in detection, identification and tracking of units at sea, in the air and on land and respond to multiple crisis in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric M. Fisher)

The thundering sounds heard across the Fairbanks North Star Borough around 11:45 a.m. today were sonic booms resulting from a military exercise.

“We can confirm that those sounds were sonic booms and they were form the local aircraft that were participating in the exercise Northern Edge,” said Tech. Sgt. Chris Jacobs, with Northern Edge Public Affairs.

Dozens of people in the Fairbanks and Two Rivers areas reported the booms, which were strong enough to rattle photos on the walls and items on shelves.

Jacobs could not confirm whether there would be sonic booms in coming days; however, he cautioned people to anticipate further noise.

“Northern Edge provides the opportunity for U.S. military personnel to sharpen their skills, to practice operations techniques and procedures,” Jacobs said. “With approximately 200 aircraft participating in the exercise, increased noise may be heard and the limited number of communities around the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and in and near military installations.”

The Northern Edge Exercise continues throughout the week.

“We are grateful to the citizens of the state of Alaska for their support as we use our expansive training ranges to conduct critical joint training operations," he said.

Contact staff writer Kyrie Long at 459-7572.