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Increased Flying at RAF Lakenheath 11th-13th August
Aug 7th, 2020 at 6:45pm
RAF Lakenheath Warns Of Increased F-15 Flights Over East Anglia

The "surge" operation will involve F-15 jets being flown at night as part of ongoing training for pilots and support personnel.

Residents living near RAF Lakenheath in East Anglia are being warned to expect increased activity by the US Air Force's 48th Fighter Wing next week.

The unit, also known as the Liberty Wing, will be carrying out training, including night flying, from 11 to 13 August.

A statement from the Suffolk base said there were no plans for any low-altitude flying.

The "surge" operations, or short periods of increased flying, will enable F-15 aircrew and support personnel on the ground to carry out a number of training requirements.

The extra flights are deemed necessary to ensure a ready and capable force.

"We acknowledge the disturbance this vital training may cause for some residents and greatly appreciate your support and understanding," said Colonel Jason Camilletti, 48th Fighter Wing commander.

"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."

Although a Royal Air Force station, Lakenheath hosts United States Air Force units and personnel

Demolition work began last year to prepare the base for the arrival of two squadrons of F-35 jets.

A total of 18 buildings were taken down to make way for construction of a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit, new hangars and storage facilities.

The Lightning squadrons will arrive at the site in late 2021, with the airbase being the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe.

More than 1,000 personnel and their families will live at Lakenheath as part of the 160 million project.

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