American fighter aircrews stationed in the Fens are set to start night- flying excercises.

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A spokesman for the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath, near Ely, said nocturnal training sorties would begin on Monday and continue until mid-December, but that the flights would not be conducted later than 10pm.

“The wing’s F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles are required to train day and night and during all weather conditions to remain prepared for operations worldwide,” he said.

“The night-flying training provides aircrews here with the opportunity to fly and maintain proficiency using night-vision equipment and procedures, which they could not do during daytime hours.”

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  • zillah, you move near a military airbase and then complain about the noise!! Its not as if the airbase was just built.

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    ggj666

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • On the contrary, we live over 10 miles from the base and were not in the flight line when we moved here over 25 years ago. Had we moved to BrandonLakenheathMildenhall then I would expect it, but we chose a quiet location and it has only been in the last maybe 6 years, that we’ve noticed significant military flying. Whilst we put up with it and assume that flight lines get changed for security and there has been more ‘practising’ since 911, it doesn’t mean we have to be happy with it going on until 10pm.

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    Zillah

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • Its only for about six weeks and only until 10pm, not as if its all night long.

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    ggj666

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • 'only' six weeks! It's bad enough during the day and being woken up a few weekends ago before 5am - now we have to get home from work and put up with it all evening. It wasn't this bad when we moved here but in the last few years it's become worse - I wondered if they'd changed the flight paths due to other complaints.

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    Zillah

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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