Overview

Fields around Wattisham    Wattisham airfield is situated in the heart of rural Suffolk, less than 10 miles north west of the county town of Ipswich. It has it's own dedicated Low Fly Area (LFA10) nearby to allow the resident (and other) units to train realistically at low level with the minimum of disruption to the local population and environment.

   The major MoD training area at STANTA in Norfolk is also within easy reach, as is Colchester barracks.

   The airfield has an operational runway, and can act as the bridghead airfield for theIpswich is the County town of Suffolk Parachute Regiment from Colchester if they need to deploy using air transport. RAF Hercules cargo aircraft are frequent visitors here, often to collect troops for onward movement, or for parachute training.

   The main operator at the airfield today is the Army Air Corps. Two Regiments are based here as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, flying Lynx and Apache helicopters. A major REME unit (7 Battalion) is also located here, along with numerous support units.

   The Royal Air Force still maintains a small but important presence here. The bright yellow painted Sea King Search and Rescue helicopters are a welcome sight throughout the year as they are called out to various emergencies throughout the east of England.

Poppy fields are a common sight in Suffolk   Suffolk Police have a presence here with their Air Support Unit helicopter being a common sight throughout the county.

   There is also an active gliding unit here, which often flies especially at weekends and bank holidays.