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RAF Wittering to welcome Chinook helicopters




Busy skies at RAF Wittering next week as transport aircraft and Chinook helicopters will be training at the Cambridgeshire Station.

Exercise Swift Pirate will begin at RAF Wittering on Sunday, May 19, and continue until the Friday, May 24. During this period the Station is expected to be visited by C17, A400M and C130 aircraft during daylight hours.In addition, from Tuesday 21 May to Thursday 23 May a Chinook helicopter crew will be flying at and around RAF Wittering.

As helicopters and transport aircraft produce different kinds of noise from the Station’s normal flying activity, 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.

WIT-234 RAF100 Helicopters visiting RAF Wittering for RAF 100 Flypast rehersal (10340742)
WIT-234 RAF100 Helicopters visiting RAF Wittering for RAF 100 Flypast rehersal (10340742)

Wing Commander Nick Maxey is Officer Commanding Operations Wing and is responsible for the safe running of Wittering’s airfield and airspace. He said: “We have a wonderful airfield here with wide taxiways and a long runway, so it’s absolutely right that we make as much use of it as we can. It’s a real asset to Defence.”

Wing Commander Maxey concluded: “Keeping our neighbours informed is the right thing to do. We cannot always give notice because military operations often demand an immediate response, but it’s always good to talk when circumstances allow.”

Swift Pirate Excersise at RAF Wittering1 air mobility wing conducting loading and unloading movements with a C-17 for excersise Swift Pirate (10340745)
Swift Pirate Excersise at RAF Wittering1 air mobility wing conducting loading and unloading movements with a C-17 for excersise Swift Pirate (10340745)


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