Royal Air Force Coningsby launches night flights until 1am each day

Plane at night
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Royal Air Force Coningsby has launched night flying at its base in Lincolnshire. The change in flight times began yesterday (June 3) and will run every day from 4.45pm until 1am on Friday, June 7.

The RAF said it is reaching out to its neighbours and the nearby equestrian establishments to inform them of a change to the usual pattern of flying activity. Sharing the information on Facebook, Royal Air Force Coningsby wrote: "Operating under the cover of night is essential in modern military operations.

"Night Vision Goggles are a real tactical advantage and enable our crews to operate safely during the hours of darkness. Crews wear equipment which enhances ambient light conditions, allowing the RAF to operate into hostile or sparsely populated areas.

"RAF Coningsby is one of several stations that supports night flying. Because there are fewer hours of darkness during the summer months, night flying begins later in the evening and continues into the early hours.

Group Captain Paul O’Grady is the Station Commander at RAF Coningsby. He added: “I am conscious that night flying may impact the local community but it is an essential part of the training required by RAF aircraft to support operations, and I thank you for your continued support.”