max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C


Mildenhall: RAF base admits to neighbours that ‘noisy’ Ospreys will be tested overnight throughout the summer months

15:20 15 April 2014

Settling down on the runway at RAF Mildenhall is one of newest CV-22 Ospreys assigned to the 352nd SOG at the base - Gary Stedman

Settling down on the runway at RAF Mildenhall is one of newest CV-22 Ospreys assigned to the 352nd SOG at the base - Gary Stedman

(c) copyright citizenside.com

People living close to a west Suffolk airbase face a miserable summer with hybrid aircraft due to carry out testing during the dead of night.

Two CV-22B Ospreys taxi at RAF MildenhallTwo CV-22B Ospreys taxi at RAF Mildenhall

The new CV-22 Ospreys are relatively new additions to RAF Mildenhall having arrived last year, but have already prompted complaints from residents about their noisy take-off and landing.

The craft are part-plane, part-helicopter, but take off vertically like helicopters

Squadron leader Rick Fryer told a meeting of Beck Row Parish Council that night-time training exercises would be getting progressively later at the base, with craft taking off at 11pm and coming back at 2am between May and September.

“However, each aircraft is limited to a single take-off to get away, and a single landing after it comes back,” said Sqn Ldr Fryer.

“I know that isn’t good news for those of us that hear it. I’m the first to admit it’s loud when it’s the helicopter. However, we are trying – and it sounds like the wrong answer – to spread the pain.

“It has to take off and land. I admit it is noisy when it does take off and land, but we are trying to get those take-off and landings to be fewer here, and allow it to operate in other places.”

Those at the meeting who questioned why they could not take off from quieter parts of the base were told the Ospreys have to take off from special concrete pads, because the force they generate when taking off melts tarmac and sets fire to grass.

Sqn Ldr Fryer said: “For the pilots to be able to evade modern threats, and old-fashioned threats, they have to train in a regime that is as realistic as possible.

“The only way to practise for night flying is to fly at night.

“Our aim at the Ministry of Defence is to try and minimise the amount of take off and landing to that which facilitates the rest of the training.”

Sqn Ldr Fryer also said they had to perform a ‘hover check’ before they actually took off, to ensure its systems were working.

While Sqn Ldr Fryer said this typically lasted 20 seconds, parish councillor Philip Haylock said it felt like helicopters were hovering for half an hour at times, and “certainly a lot more than 20 seconds”.

The new electronic road sign in Rushmere

A new set of electronic traffic signs have been posted around Ipswich to help warn motorists of delays, roadworks and other essential travel information.

The large scale police operation in Potash Road, Wyverstone.

A Suffolk police officer whose enquiries led to the discovery of more than 400 firearms - one of the biggest weapon finds the UK has ever seen - is set to be recognised.


Sites for more than 1,000 new homes on the Felixstowe peninsula have at last been revealed – with farmers’ fields set to disappear to make way for the growth of the resort.

A seal boarded Terry Davey's boat in the River Orwell.

A 71-year-old rower was joined by an unexpected companion while taking on a life-long dream to scull solo from Woodbridge to Ipswich in a boat of his own design and building.

Early morning deer rutting at RSPB Minsmere

It’s one of the most spectacular annual events in the wildlife spotting calendar – and a Suffolk nature reserve provides one of the best locations to get close to the unfolding drama.

Framlingham from above. Aerial photo by Mike Page.

A revised housing bid from Persimmon Homes for a site off Mount Pleasant in Framlingham has again been recommended for approval.

Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs addresses the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has warned Labour’s proposals for the environment and countryside are “fundamentally backward, dangerous and wrong”.

Prime Minister David Cameron in his hotel room as he prepares his conference speech that he will deliver to his party's annual conference at Manchester Central tomorrow. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Prime minister David Cameron will label his tenure the “turnaround decade” when he addresses his party faithful today.

Vicky Ford

Prime minister David Cameron will get an agreement over ever-closer union, an exemption from the eurozone and a package on migration ahead of a referendum before 2017, one of the region’s Euro MPs has claimed.

Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her speech to the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 6, 2015. See PA story TORY Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Theresa May faced an angry backlash from business leaders, charities and political opponents as she announced a sharp tightening of rules for asylum and immigration.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages