Mystery of late-night lights solved

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

You weren’t imagining things Monday night if you stepped outside your house or looked out the window and saw a series of lights moving across the evening sky.
The lights shined from military planes taking part in an exercise that brought aircraft over parts of High Point and Guilford County, as well as other parts of the Piedmont such as Alamance County. Social media sites were abuzz Tuesday about the reason for the night sky aberrations.
The planes are part of a joint military operation, said Adam Luther, spokesman for the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Field, which is part of Fort Bragg. The planes and military personnel are taking part in an exercise called JOAX, which stands for Joint Operational Access Exercise.
Parts of the Piedmont are under the flight path for some of the aircraft. The lights may reappear during the week, as the exercise will continue through this weekend, Luther said Tuesday afternoon.
“It is primarily an Army exercise that’s done two to three times a year here at Fort Bragg. The Air Force part is providing the lift for the paratroopers,” Luther told The High Point Enterprise. “Right now we have 22 to 27 planes here at Pope taking part in the exercise from all over the country.”
Fort Bragg, one of the nation’s largest military bases, is in Fayetteville about 100 miles southeast of High Point.

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