Increased flying expected during RAF Lakenheath training exercise
PUBLISHED: 11:48 11 August 2020 | UPDATED: 12:04 11 August 2020
People across Norfolk and Suffolk could be in line for aerial disturbances as US flight personnel take to the skies.
RAF Lakenheath’s 48th Fighter Wing will be increasing its operations over East Anglia and the surrounding area from August 11 to 13.
Known as ‘surge’ operations, the short periods of extra flying will help fulfil a number of training requirements for F-15 fighter jet aircrew and support personnel on the ground.
The air base said the drills were necessary to “ensure a ready and capable force”.
There are no plans for low-altitude flying and no night flying over the period is scheduled.
Of the 48th Fighter Wing’s three fighter squadrons, only the 493rd Fighter Squadron (F-15C Eagle) is participating in these surge operations.
The 494th Fighter Squadron (F-15E Strike Eagle) will meanwhile continue with routine operations.
Col Jason Camilletti, 48th Fighter Wing commander, said: “We acknowledge the disturbance this vital training may cause for some residents and greatly appreciate your support and understanding.
“As always, we will do everything we can to minimise impact to our local communities, while balancing the requirement that the Liberty Wing remains trained and ready to own the skies against any adversary.”
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