RAF Coningsby fighter jets to carry out night flying combat exercises

A Typhoon - Picture RAF ConingsbyA Typhoon - Picture RAF Coningsby
A Typhoon - Picture RAF Coningsby
Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby will be night flying for the next couple of weeks, the base has warned.

The base is home to two squadrons of Typhoons, and is the training station for pilots of the fighter planes.

The base issued a statement on Tuesday to warn nearby residents of potential noise nuisance for the next two weeks.

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The statement said: “The Typhoon is a multi-role aircraft. Its pilots need to be able to operate the aircraft in a wide range of scenarios and using an equally wide range of skills.

“Over the next two weeks we will be practising some of those skills at night, for example carrying out Close Air Support to troops on the ground, intercepting aircraft that pose a threat to the UK and our allies, and tanking from air-to-air refuelling aircraft over the North Sea.

“These tasks represent some of the core skills our pilots need when deployed in an operational environment.

“Given the additional complexity caused by operating at night, which is very possibly when pilots will most be called upon to carry out these tasks, it is essential that they continue to practise the skills required.

“Thank you for your support!”

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