Donna Nook - Air Weapons Range

Donna Nook - Air Weapons Range

Donna Nook - Air Weapons Range

DIO Donna Nook is a busy Air Weapons Range (AWR) parented by RAF Coningsby; it is remotely located on the North East Lincolnshire coast around 11 miles North-East of Louth.

The AWR is open 0900 – 1630 Monday to Thursday and 0900 – 1500 on Friday.

From 1 September until 30 April, the range is open until 2200 on Monday and Wednesday.

There are 2 AWRs on the Lincolnshire coast, DIO Holbeach near Dawsmere and DIO Donna Nook at North Somercotes. Both AWRs employ a number of Civilian contracted workers who manage the estate, assist in the control tower, target score and deal with ordnance clearance from the range. The infrastructure is maintained by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) represented by Sqn Ldr Christa Lawrence, the Range Training Safety Officer.

The tower at the air weapons range


Donna Nook AWR is utilised by tri-service, USAF and other NATO Air Forces for academic bombing and strafing practice. It has 9 separate targets suitable for a variety of weapons and different delivery methods. Joint Tactical Air Controllers (Forward Air Controllers) enjoy the challenging terrain and diversity of targets available during their training for overseas operations.


Amongst the users of the range are:

RAF Leeming - Hawk T1
RAF Coningsby - Eurofighter Typhoon
RAF Marham - Tornado GR4
RAF Odiham – Chinook
RAF Lakenheath - F15C, F15E & HH60G
RAF Mildenhall - CV22 Osprey

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