48th Fighter Wing

This F-15E Strike Eagle is the first F-15 assigned to RAF Lakenheath to achieve the milestone of 10,000 flight hours

This F-15E Strike Eagle is the first F-15 assigned to RAF Lakenheath to achieve the milestone of 10,000 flight hours

Only 86 of the more than 800 USAF F-15’s have hit 10,000 flight hours. Aircraft 91-0308 is only 1 of… Read More

10 months ago

Cool video shows special painted F-15E Strike Eagle that celebrates 48th Fighter Wing’s 70th anniversary in the Mach Loop

The latest special painted F-15E Strike Eagle of the 48th Fighter Wing honors USAFE’s 80th anniversary, the Air Force’s 75th… Read More

2 years ago

End of an Era: last 493rd Fighter Squadron commander of the Eagle era recalls the last years of the Mighty F-15C at RAF Lakenheath

In 2022, the Grim Reapers transition to the F-35A Lightning II, closing the chapter of the F -15C Eagle in… Read More

2 years ago

RAF Lakenheath receives first Fifth Generation F-35A Lightning II aircraft

RAF Lakenheath first F-35A RAF Lakenheath received its first delivery of F-35A Lightning II aircraft on Dec. 15, 2021. This… Read More

2 years ago

Freshly painted tail fin of the first F-35A belonging to the USAF first Europe-based Lightning II squadron unveiled

The 495th Fighter Squadron (FS), the first US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Lightning II squadron, was activated on Oct.… Read More

3 years ago

“His quick actions 100 percent saved my life:” 48th Fighter Wing F-15E Pilot praises Spotter Who Alerted Him to Engine Malfunction

Mr. Ian Simpson happened to be watching planes take off at the base on Jul. 13 when he noted that… Read More

3 years ago

495th Fighter Squadron, the first USAF overseas-based F-35A unit, will be called the “Valkyries”

The first F-35As are scheduled to arrive at RAF Lakenheath in late 2021. The base was selected to host the… Read More

3 years ago

Cool photos show “The King,” the last of the 48th FW’s Heritage F-15 aircraft, in the green light of the Aurora Borealis

The F-15C Eagle, painted in the traditional allied invasion stripe scheme, ice blue tails, and the distinct markings of the… Read More

4 years ago

F-15E stenciled with 1st Lt. Kenneth “Kage” Allen’s name honors fallen Lakenheath F-15C pilot and remembers him and his family’s sacrifice

Allen was piloting an F-15C Eagle during a training mission when his plane crashed into the North Sea on Jun.… Read More

4 years ago

Raytheon Trophy awarded to Lakenheath F-15 Eagles for the fourth time in a row

“They should just call it the Liberty Trophy from here on out,” 48th Fighter Wing Commander Col. William Marshall. The… Read More

4 years ago

Video Shows 492nd FS F-15E Pilot Displaying Texas Tech University in the Cockpit during Low Level Pass in the Mach Loop

The clip features the final flight of an F-15E driver who was a pupil of Texas Tech University. The cool… Read More

4 years ago

Super Cool Video Features Cockpit GoPro View of USAF F-15E Strike Eagle WSO

The cool backseat cockpit GoPro video in this post features the WSO in a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle, belonging to… Read More

5 years ago

“Starscream” is among USAF F-15 Eagles deployed to the Middle East

The F-15s joined B-52 Stratofortress bombers and F-35A stealth fighters already deployed to the Middle East as well as USS… Read More

5 years ago

Remembering Operation Ghost Rider, the mock air strike conducted by USAFE F-111s to simulate Operation El Dorado Canyon

Many of the elements of Operation El Dorado canyon were tested and proven in Ghost Rider, including the vital coordination… Read More

5 years ago

Cool video shows Lakenheath Heritage F-15E Strike Eagle Flying through Mach Loop

The Strike Eagle was the first of three special colored 48th FW F-15Es and was painted in the skin of… Read More

5 years ago

Spectacular clip shows USAF F-15E Strike Eagles “making vapes” in the Mach Loop during Low Level Training

Filmed by our friend Dafydd Philips the cool video in this post shows 48th FW F-15E Strike Eagles "making vapes"… Read More

6 years ago

LAKENHEATH 493rd FIGHTER SQUADRON EARNS RAYTHEON TROPHY FOR THE 5th TIME IN 10 YEARS

The Raytheon Trophy dates to 1953 and is awarded annually to the top air superiority or air defense squadron in… Read More

7 years ago