Tag: RAF Lakenheath

The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi's SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation Eldorado Canyon
“You know the part in 'High Flight'—where it talks about putting out your hand to touch the face of God? Well, when we're at speed and altitude in the SR, we have to slow down and descend in order to do that,” Gil Bertelson, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot. The SR-71, the most advanced...
“Starscream” is among the 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 Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier deployed to the Persian Gulf to counter Iranian threats. Taken on May 8, 2019 the interesting photos in this post show U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-15C Eagle fighter jets belonging...
Remembering Operation Ghost Rider, the long-range strike conducted by USAFE F-111Es to simulate Operation El Dorado Canyon
The F-111F 70-2389 (callsign 'Karma 52'), the sixth aircraft on Bab al-Aziza target, vanished in unexplained circumstances. On Apr. 14, 1986, at 5:13 p.m., U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-111F Aardvarks from the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) took off from Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath on the orders of President Ronald Reagan.
Remembering Operation Ghost Rider, the long-range 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 procedures with tankers — particularly the idea of keeping each F-111 element with a dedicated tanker throughout the mission. For newcomers to RAF Lakenheath, the base Relocation Assistance Program video assured them that,...
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 a P-47 Thunderbolt, the primary aircraft used by the wing during its service in World War II. Filmed by our friend Dafydd Philips, the cool clip in this post features 48th Fighter Wing (FW) “heritage” F-15E during...
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" during low level training in Mach Loop LFA7 Filmed by our friend Dafydd Philips the cool video in this post shows 48th Fighter Wing’s (FW) F-15E Strike Eagles "making vapes" during low level training in Mach Loop Low Flying Area...
RAF F-22 exchange pilot is currently deployed at RAF Lakenheath
The RAF F-22 exchange pilot is assigned to 94th Fighter Squadron The main photo of this article was posted on USAFE-AFRICA Twitter account and shows a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot aboard one of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptor stealth fighters from the 1st Fighter Wing (FW), Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia currently deployed at RAF Lakenheath. As you can read...
Lakenheath HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters begin relocation to Aviano
The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and other equipment are projected to remain at Lakenheath until the beginning of June 2018 The relocation of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters belonging to 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons from RAF Lakenheath to Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy, slated to be complete by the end of June 2018, is currently underway. As told by By Staff...
U.S. F-22 Raptors make new deployment to RAF Lakenheath
The F-22 stealth fighters will conduct air training alongside 48th FW F-15s and with other Europe-based U.S. aircraft and NATO allies The F-22 Raptor is back in the U.K.! The U.S. Air Force (USAF) in fact has deployed several F-22s, Airmen and associated equipment to Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, England, for a flying training deployment to conduct air training alongside...
Read how a USAF Eagle driver was able to land his F-15 at Keflavik airport in extreme whiteout conditions
The Raytheon Trophy dates to 1953 and is awarded annually to the top air superiority or air defense squadron in the U.S. Air Force On May 13, 2017 the coveted Raytheon Trophy was awarded to the 493rd Fighter Squadron (FS), during a celebration at the Duxford Imperial War Museum, England. As explained by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield, 48th Fighter Wing Public...

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