Following a successful pre-Olympic exercise Typhoon fast jets have departed from RAF Northolt. The jets from RAF Coningsby had been based at RAF Northolt from 2 to 10 May to take part in exercise Olympic Guardian which tested all aspects of the Olympic Security plans for the summer games.
In recognition of the understanding and support of the local community the base opened its gates to several hundred local Councillors, residents and schoolchildren on the morning of 10 May. The visitors were able to see the Typhoon jets and speak to pilots, as well as visit stands from several of the base’s other units such as the Queen’s Colour Squadron, 32 (The Royal) Squadron and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
The Station Commander Group Captain Tim O’Brien said, “We at RAF Northolt are very grateful for the support that we have received from local residents and Hillingdon Council. I do appreciate that Typhoon jets are noisier than our usual aircraft but the public has been fantastic in their support during this exercise and I sense a real pride that RAF Northolt is once again involved in ensuring the safety of London and specifically the Olympic Games. We do everything possible to limit the impact on residents and have taken some significant measures to ensure the highest possible standards of safety are upheld.”
Typhoon jets will return to Northolt in July, along with some military helicopters, for the duration of the Olympic Games themselves. However, they are expected to spend most of their time on the ground in high readiness and will not be conduct further training sorties.