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Final farewell flypasts as ageing Tornado warplane is retired

Three Tornados flying in formation as the aircraft is retired from service. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three Tornado aircraft have been flying in formation across the UK as they stage a series of farewell flypasts.

The warplane, now based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, is being retired after 40 years of service.

The ceremonial flypasts have been taking across across the country over three days with crowds turning out to see the planes in the skies over military bases across Britain.

On Wednesday the planes flew over Honington in Suffolk, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford along with Bedford and Cranfield in Bedfordshire.

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Norfolk 'graffilthy' artist marks RAF 100 anniversary

One of two RAF 100 celebration pieces by Ruddy Muddy Credit: @Ruddy_Muddy

Norfolk graffiti artist Ruddy Muddy has paid tribute to the RAF - as the airforce marks its 100th anniversary.

The creator of so-called "mudsterpieces" - artwork made on dirty white vans - has included images of a Tornado and Spitfire in some of his latest works.

Living in West Norfolk, Rick Minns, who is known as Ruddy Muddy, said he had to do something to mark the milestone since RAF Marham is based in his "beloved home county".

One of two RAF 100 celebration pieces by Ruddy Muddy Credit: @Ruddy_Muddy

Expect to see more RAF Lakenheath jets in the sky

Fighter jets on their way to RAF Lakenheath Credit: Christine Groening/PA Images

The US Air Force has warned people living in East Anglia to expect to hear more jets in the sky that usual next week.

The 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk will take part in an increased number of flying operations.

It is part of a training programme to make sure aircrew and ground support staff are ready for action.

The airbase said the operations would not involve any low-flying aircraft.


Huge public search for airman Corrie McKeague

Search teams waiting to begin on Sunday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A huge search team including dogs and a drone are continuing the hunt for missing airman Corrie McKeague.

The 23-year-old, who is based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016.

It is thought he may have attempted to walk back to his barracks 10 miles away and extensive searches have been carried out along the route.

Airman Corrie McKeague has been missing since September. Credit: Facebook.

Today's search will focus on an area close to the Fiveways junction of the A11 near Mildenhall.

Mr McKeague's family, including his mother Nicola Urquhart, are among those searching along with 40 members of the public.

They will join the 60-strong search team from Suffolk Lowland Rescue Service as well as four search dogs trained to seek out human remains.

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