Night Flying At Royal Air Force Wittering

Night flying is expected at Royal Air Force Wittering in the week commencing Monday 22nd October.

C-17 Globemaster crewsplan to train with Night Vision Goggles (NVG) and training may continue until the early hours of Friday 26th October.

An RAF C-17 Globemaster at Royal Air Force Brize Norton
An RAF C-17 Globemaster at Royal Air Force Brize Norton

Operating under the cover of night is essential in modern military operations. NVG are a real tactical advantage and enable our crews to land and take-off safely during the hours of darkness.

Wing Commander Nick Maxey said: "Pilots have to be trained for NVG operations, you can't just jump into the cockpit and expect to get it right first time. It is very different from flying in daylight."

Royal Air Force Wittering is reaching out to its neighbours and the nearby equestrian establishments to inform them of a change to the usual pattern of flying activity.

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Wing Commander Nick Maxey
Wing Commander Nick Maxey
Image by: Cpl Paul Robertshaw

The station is one of several that supports night flying; a variety of airfields and environments gives crews a breadth of experience and ensures that no single area is unduly burdened.

Wing Commander Maxey concluded: "We have a great airfield here and it's right that we're making the most of it. When night flying comes to RAF Wittering it means that our aircrews and tactical air traffic controllers are better prepared for operations."

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