Increased flying operations from RAF Lakenheath mean residents may see more jets

Increased flying operations at RAF Lakenheath mean residents may see and hear more jets. Picture: RA

Increased flying operations at RAF Lakenheath mean residents may see and hear more jets. Picture: RAF LAKENHEATH - Credit: Archant

East Anglian residents may see and hear more jets in the sky than usual over the next couple of weeks due to increased flying operations from RAF Lakenheath.

The 48th Fighter Wing, which flies F-15 jet fighters, will increase its flying operations from the Suffolk base from Monday – which will facilitate a number of training requirements for both aircrew and ground support personnel.

The US air force base says that training will be conducted over the sea as much as possible and that the 48th Fighter Wing airmen will make every effort to avoid continuous operations above a specific area or community, if air traffic or weather conditions necessitate flying over land.

A spokesman for RAF Lakenheath said: “Operations such as these help both aircrew and support personnel on the ground to meet essential and time-sensitive training requirements and are necessary to ensure and maintain a ready and capable force.”

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