Six weeks of night flying operations planned at RAF Marham
Night flying operations will be taking place at RAF Marham from next week, it has been announced this afternoon.
Officials at the West Norfolk base say the missions will continue for more than six weeks ahead of what they describe as "essential" training exercises this autumn.
There is also set to be increased activity around the site at both day and night during September.
A statement issued by the base a short time ago said there had been reduced activity over the past two weeks, because of a planned period of squadron leave ahead of a scheduled deployment to the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
It added: "The Lightning Force will recommence their standard flying activity next week but the flying times will be different to what local residents may have become used to over the summer.
"From Tuesday 25th August until Friday 9th October RAF Marham will be entering a phase of night flying.
"The night flying will predominantly take place Mondays to Thursdays and is expected to be completed before 2300 each evening.
"This night flying is essential for training ahead of two exercises that the Lightning Force will be taking part in this autumn. As part of this training the airfield is also expecting to be in use over the weekend of 12-13 September.
"During the period 7 – 21 September there will be increased activity and it is expected that there will be both day and night flying during this time."
The announcement follows recent activity over West Norfolk by American air crews based at RAF Lakenheath.