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By Joni Kelsey
San Juan County 



Joni Kelsey

Left to Right Lt. Joseph Stevens Lt. Jacob Riggs Lt. Shawn Roessner

Two F-18 Navy jet fighters blasted through the air on their approach to the Four Corners Regional Airport capturing the attention of Farmington residents.

The pilots, Lt.'s Stevens, Riggs, and Roessner left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on their way to Lemoore, California. Lt. Stevens said they had stopped in Albuquerque several times and they wanted to try a different airport. Atlantic Aviation could fuel their jets anywhere Atlantic served an airport. They had just finished their lunch at No Worries Sports Bar & Grill and were suiting up for the final flight to California.

Joni Kelsey

Atlantic Aviation, field base of operations or FBO, serves private and government pilots with 60 locations across the nation. Atlantic Aviation holds a government fueling agreement with the U.S. Military.

Lt. Stevens went on to explain that they were flight training instructors based out of the VFA-122 Training Squadron, one of two squadrons in the United States, and based in California at the Lemoore Naval Station. They train new pilots in the Lockheed Martin F18 EF Super Hornet's and often crisscross the U.S.

Mike Lewis, Airport Manager at the Four Corners Regional Airport, said he was happy to accommodate the pilots anytime and welcomed their return on any of their cross-country trips.

There was a small crowd outside of the terminal fences hoping for a glimpse of the pilots and awaiting the roar of the F-18's take-off. Maybe they'll pass this way again.

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