VIDEO: Old hangar goes to make way for RAF Marham’s new Lightning force

RAF Marham Lighting Infrastructure Update on site.
In front of the Hanger which is being demolished are, Air Commodore Harv Smyth, Lightning Force Commander (left) and  Group Captain Rich Davies, RAF Marham Station Commander (right) ANL-160513-162720009
RAF Marham Lighting Infrastructure Update on site. In front of the Hanger which is being demolished are, Air Commodore Harv Smyth, Lightning Force Commander (left) and Group Captain Rich Davies, RAF Marham Station Commander (right) ANL-160513-162720009
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As work towards a new era of operations at RAF Marham continues, signs of a former age are now beginning to disappear.

Hundreds of millions of pounds are being spent to prepare the base to welcome the next generation of Lightning II fighter jets to West Norfolk in two years’ time.

RAF Marham Lighting Infrastructure Update on site.
Hanger which is being demolished, work underway. ANL-160513-162138009

RAF Marham Lighting Infrastructure Update on site. Hanger which is being demolished, work underway. ANL-160513-162138009

The station, whose Tornado crews are currently engaged in operations against Islamic State over Iraq and Syria, will be the headquarters of the UK’s force.

As part of the project, work began today to demolish a hangar first built in the 1930s, ahead of the Second World War, to make way for one of the many new facilities required.

Two front-line squadrons and one training squadron are expected to be stationed there by 2023.

And air force chiefs say the project will put Marham at the cutting edge of British defence capabilities.

Our video shows contractors beginning the demolition, which is expected to take several weeks.