BBC Radio 4 Today programme broadcasts special edition from RAF Marham
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A leading national radio programme is broadcasting a special edition from RAF Marham to mark the 100th anniversary of the air force.
BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter Sarah Montague is broadcasting from a studio set up in the small museum at the Norfolk airbase this morning (Wednesday, March 28), which is preparing for the arrival of the F-35B Lightning aircraft later this year.
She introduced the programme by saying the base had been in service for all of the RAF's 100 years and is preparing to replace its current Tornado aircraft, which have flown from the base since 1990.
She took a flight in a Tornado from Marham to Merseyside, with Wing Commander James Heap saying the plane had been a 'bedrock of the RAF since it first entered service in 1982'.
She also interviewed Wng Cmdr Heap about the changes taking place this year, which also include £500m of investment in preparation for the arrival of the F-35B Lightning.
Wng Cmdr Heap said that while the equipment is changing, its staff are not - but that he faces competition holding onto his talented staff whose 'operational experience is highly sought after'.
Ms Montague also interviewed military historian Patrick Bishop as long as Dick Russell, who flew planes carrying nuclear weapons.
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- 2 'It's just not viable anymore' - Pub near Great Yarmouth closes
- 3 Lloyds to close bank in Norwich suburb
- 4 'He could've gone all the way' - Mum's tribute to aspiring boxer, 19
- 5 Norfolk worst area in UK for uninsured and untaxed drivers
- 6 Tyson Fury is making a comeback to Gorleston
- 7 Readers reveal top 10 fish and chips - but the battle is on for top spot
- 8 Police called to 'altercation' between pupils at Norfolk school
- 9 Two Norfolk spots named among best places in Britain for a weekend break
- 10 World War Two aircraft to fly over Norfolk's skies
Later she spoke to Group Cat Ian Townsend, RAF Marham station commander, who defended the cost of bringing the F-35B Lightning to Norfolk, while Rev (Squadron Leader) Geoffrey Firth gave the programme's regular 'though for the day'.