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USAF to take off from RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall bases at night as part of 48-hour readiness exercise

USAF planes (8412673)
USAF planes (8412673)

Military jets will be taking off from bases in Mildenhall and Lakenheath at night as part of a 48-hour training programme later this month.

Between April 23 and 25 the 48th Fighter Wing and 100th Air Refueling Wing will be taking part in an 'incredibly important' readiness exercise.

During this time people may see and hear US aircraft taking off, landing, and moving between RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall at night.

Col. Will Marshal, 48th Fighter Wing commander, said: "The men and woman who serve here are always ready to fly, fight and win for our nation, the United Kingdom and our allies.

"To maintain that level of readiness, we have to train for operations in all conditions, and that includes flying at night."

But he said overland flying will be limited as much as possible between sunset and sunrise and the drills do not include any plans for low-altitude flying during established quiet hours.

Col. Christopher Amrhein, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, said: “This exercise is incredibly important to our collective ability to respond to contingencies in the African and European theaters.

“We are very thankful for the support we receive from the communities surrounding the bases, because without that support, we would be unable to train to maximum effect and assert ourselves as strategically forward-based assets in the UK.”

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