Night Flying At RAF Wittering, June 7th - 9th

7 Jun 2022 14:20

Night Flying Expected At RAF Wittering

Night flying and large aircraft activity is expected at Royal Air Force Wittering from Tuesday 07th June (today) until the evening of Thursday 9th June inclusive.

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 day and night flying from 1700 until 0200 (local time).

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

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 for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions.

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.

To simulate this, NVG training sometimes needs to be conducted later at night, particularly during the summer months when the hours of darkness are shorter than in the winter.

Wing Commander Jez Case is the Station Commander at RAF Wittering. He said: “We are aware that night flying can be disturbing but it is an essential part of the training required by RAF aircraft to support operations.  All military airfields in the UK take their share of NVG training and we will do our best to minimise the disruption and disturbance caused by visiting aircraft to our local community.”