Fighter jets from RAF Lakenheath to increase night flying exercises
PUBLISHED: 10:38 01 September 2020 | UPDATED: 11:41 01 September 2020
People across Suffolk and Norfolk could experience some disturbances during September as US fighter jets take to the skies for overnight training exercises.
The 48th Fighter Wing, which is based at RAF Lakenheath, will be increasing its operations over East Anglia and the surrounding area from Tuesday, September 8 to Thursday, September 10 and again from Monday, September 14 to Thursday, September 17.
The fighter jets will be conducting limited night time flying across these days to provide both aircrew and support personnel the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defence of the NATO alliance.
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There are no plans for low-altitude flying in East Anglia or the surrounding regions and all training will be conducted in accordance with Ministry of Defence and UK airspace regulations.
During these periods, residents in East Anglia and the surrounding regions may see and hear US aircraft taking off, landing and moving between RAF Lakenheath and training ranges over the North Sea.
This will take place several times between 7pm and 10.30pm and overland flying will be limited as much as possible between sunset and sunrise.
Colonel Jason Camilletti, 48th Fighter Wing commander, said: “We must train like we fight in order to maintain operational readiness, and night flying is a critical muscle we must continue to flex.
“We understand the disturbance this may cause to our local communities, and appreciate the patience and understanding as we ensure our airmen remain trained and ready to secure the sovereign skies anytime, day or night.”