Night Flying Activity Expected At RAF Wittering

18 Nov 2022 11:11

Night flying and large aircraft activity is expected at Royal Air Force Wittering from Monday 21st November until the evening of Thursday 24th November inclusive.

An RAF C17 Globemaster prepares to take off at night
An RAF C17 Globemaster prepares to take off at night
Image By: Cpl Neil Bryden

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. There will be flying during the day and night flying will take place 1800 until 2200 (local time).

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

Night Vision Goggle 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.

Wing Commander Jez Case is the Station Commander at RAF Wittering. He said: “I am conscious that night flying can be disturbing, but it is an essential part of the training required by RAF aircrew to deliver on operations.  All military airfields in the UK take their share of NVG training and we continue to do our best to minimise the disruption and disturbance to our neighbours.”