20 May 2019 16:13

Busy skies at Royal Air Force Wittering next week as transport aircraft and Chinook helicopters will be training at the Cambridgeshire Station.

Exercise Swift Pirate will begin at RAF Wittering on Sunday 19 May and continue until the Friday 24 May. During this period the Station is expected to be visited by C17, A400M and C130 aircraft during daylight hours.  In addition, from Tuesday 21 May to Thursday 23 May a Chinook helicopter crew will be flying at and around RAF Wittering.

As helicopters and transport aircraft produce different kinds of noise from the Station’s normal flying activity, 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.

Wing Commander Nick Maxey is Officer Commanding Operations Wing and is responsible for the safe running of Wittering’s airfield and airspace. He said: “We have a wonderful airfield here with wide taxiways and a long runway, so it’s absolutely right that we make as much use of it as we can. It’s a real asset to Defence. Keeping our neighbours informed is the right thing to do. We cannot always give notice because military operations often demand an immediate response, but it’s always good to talk when circumstances allow."

Night Vision Goggle Training at RAF Wittering

                                                         An RAF C-17 Globemaster at Royal Air Force Brize Norton
                                                                                  Image By: Cpl Neil Brydon

NVG training is a method of conducting night flying without lights on an airfield.  Crews wear equipment which enhances ambient light conditions, allowing the RAF to operate into hostile or sparsely populated areas.  RAF Wittering is one of several stations 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.