Fort Leonard Wood is a massive army complex located in central Missouri used to train troops. The Cannon Range is to the south. Whiteman A-10s go to the range every so often and there is also a VFR Military Training Route (VR-1525) that leads into the range and the nearby Cannon MOA.
The 131st Fighter Wing's mission is to achieve and maintain air superiority with the F-15 Eagle aircraft. Additionally, the Wing includes supporting operations at Cannon Range at Fort Leonard Wood and the 157th Air Operations Group at Jefferson Barracks. The 131st Fighter Wing Detachment 1 develops, maintains and improves an air-to-ground bombing and strafing range to provide realistic environments for training and testing. It provides the opportunity for aircrews and weapons systems to be exercised in the same manner that they are expected to be employed in combat. And it serves as self contained unit to provide all necessary functions to include vehicle maintenance, heavy equipment operators, airfield management, communications, and administration activities.
Aircraft confine their activities to flying above FLW Route 1, south to north. Range Control should be notified at least one hour in advance of any deviation from this flight path so that necessary ranges can be closed down. Altitude over active small arms ranges will be at least 2200 feet above ground level (AGL).
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