Extra money to increase flights at RAF Lakenheath

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48th Fighter Wing aircraft
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The reduction in flights was due to be in place until at least October

Normal service has resumed at a Suffolk airbase which reduced flights in April due to cuts in American defence spending.

RAF Lakenheath, in Suffolk, had grounded some of its 75 F-15 jets but returned to its "standard flying schedule" on Monday.

The US government has given $423m (£280m) to temporarily restore flying hours at bases around the world.

It means flights at RAF Lakenheath can return to normal until October.

The jets usually fly for a total of 20,000 hours a year.

Being able to fly longer will help with "crucial training" and development for aircrew and support personnel.

Col Mark Ciero, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander said: "While we are pleased to be able to resume our regular flying hour programme, we should remember that this is not a permanent solution.

"We need to ensure that our aircrew and support personnel receive the best training possible via whatever means we have available, both now and in the future."

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