TYNDALL — The sound of freedom coming from Tyndall Air Force Base has been coming with more frequency lately.


That’s because the base kicked off its Checkered Flag 20-1 exercise Nov. 4.


Checkered Flag 20-1 is a large-scale aerial exercise designed to unite fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft to enhance mobility, deployment and employment capabilities of Air Force aviators and maintainers.


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More than 50 aircraft and their personnel will be involved with the exercise. There will be support personnel from installations from as far as Alaska participating in the event.


When the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Tyndall flyover was taking place, Col. Brian Laidlaw, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall, mentioned the planes flying over as he took the podium to speak.


“Couldn’t have timed this any better could we? It sounds good doesn’t it? It sounds right,” Laidlaw said.


The exercise will continue until Nov. 15.