20 Nov 2019 13:33

Night flying is expected at Royal Air Force Wittering in the week commencing Monday 18th November.

Transport aircraft crews plan to train with Night Vision Goggles (NVG) and training could continue until 0100 each night until Saturday 23nd November.

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

Wing Commander Nick Maxey said: "NVG operations are very different from flying in daylight hours. Pilots have to be properly trained in the use of NVG and flying in darker conditions."

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.

The Station is one of several 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. 

Wing Commander Maxey concluded: “Our aircrews and tactical air traffic controllers are better prepared for operations when thy have completed NVG training. Our airfield is a genuine asset to Defence and it is right that we make the best use of it."