Military aircraft step up night flights across East Anglia during exercise
- Credit: Submitted
People across a wide swathe of Norfolk and Suffolk will notice an increase in night flying by military aircraft next month.
The 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath will conduct a 48-hour readiness exercise between Monday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 3.
The US military says during this period, communities in East Anglia and the surrounding regions may see and hear aircraft taking off, landing and transiting between RAF Lakenheath and training ranges over the North Sea several times between sunset and sunrise.
'The Airmen assigned to RAF Lakenheath are prepared to fly in the defense of our nation, the United Kingdom and our shared allies 24 hours a day, seven days a week,' said Col William L Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander.
'We know the call could come day or night, and training like this helps us maintain our ability to respond under any conditions.'
You may also want to watch:
Flying over land will be limited as much as possible between sunset and sunrise. Exercises like this provide both aircrew and support personnel stationed at RAF Lakenheath the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defence of the NATO alliance.
'We know how lucky we are to be in this country, and we're grateful for the opportunity to live and serve alongside the people of East Anglia,' said Col Marshall. 'We recognise these night flights are unusual and will continue to do what we can to minimise the impact of our training programme. Thank you for your understanding and patience while we complete this short period of critical training.'
- 1 Fire crews battling large house blaze
- 2 Ford and Jaguar crash in second incident near village in same night
- 3 Seven cosy pubs to visit in Norfolk this winter
- 4 BBC Autumnwatch returns to Norfolk for another season
- 5 Jailed this week: Primark brawl, attempted murder and abuse
- 6 950-home bid takes step forward after £7m developer contribution agreed
- 7 Revealed: The most expensive towns to buy a home in Norfolk
- 8 Road closed after crash involving car and two tractors
- 9 'I remember shutting down' - Singer on cancer diagnosis at Norfolk hospital
- 10 Hundreds more trees on route of Norwich NDR have died
The exercise does not include plans for low-altitude flying in East Anglia or the surrounding regions.
All training will be conducted in accordance with Ministry of Defence and UK airspace regulations.
Please contact the MOD at SWKfirstname.lastname@example.org with any aircraft-related flying concerns.