‘Fightertown’ Lakenheath

Photo: An F/A-18F of VFA-211 'Checkmates' gets airborne from RAF Lakenheath. Jamie Hunter


The 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, UK, is playing host to visiting fighters for a unique dissimilar air combat training (DACT) exercise.

Eight F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) and six F-22A Raptors from the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (manned by 27th FS pilots and maintainers) have joined the resident F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles for a period of intense air-to-air fighter integration.

Mission markings on a 492nd FS F-15E as it gets airborne at Lakenheath. Jamie Hunter

Combat Aircraft was able to see the action first-hand and hold extensive interviews with the local squadrons and visitors, with a full report appearing in our December issue, which is currently in production.

An F-22A Raptor taxies at Lakenheath. Jamie Hunter


A full reheat departure for a resident F-15E. Jamie Hunter

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