THUNDER OVER PINE BARRENS

Providing regular ‘trade’ for the Warren Grove Range are the A-10Cs of the 104th FS from the Maryland Air National Guard’s 175th Wing at Warfield Air National Guard Base.
Neil Dunridge

The ranges available to US military flying units are coming under scrutiny, as technologies advance and existing facilities look to match fifth-generation capabilities.

THE PINE BARRENS National Reserve of southern New Jersey is a forested coastal plain that spreads over 1.1 million acres (4,500 square kilometers), across seven counties, and accounts for about 22 per cent of the state’s land area. The sandy, acidic and nutrient-poor soil could not sustain conventional agriculture brought by the European settlers. Instead the area supports a diverse ecology including the unique pygmy pitch pines, orchids and carnivorous plants as well as a host of mammals, birds and reptiles. The existence of a legendary inhabitant, a cryptid popularly known as the ‘Jersey Devil’, is a subject beyond the scope of this article.

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