California aircraft, personnel to join Kingsley Field



KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Migrating aircraft and personnel will soon increase the size of Kingsley Field.

In a plan announced yesterday, the 144th Fighter Wing from Fresno, Calif. will integrate with Kingsley operations in an effort to stave off a pilot shortage at the 144th. In a release, Lt. Col. Jeff Smith of the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls says the 144th is lacking F-15 pilots to fill cockpits as that facility converts from the F-16 to the F-15.

The plan is to bring four F-15s and a group of maintenance and support personnel to Kingsley Field by Nov. 7.