American airmen from RAF Lakenheath fly their flag at NFL game at Twickenham

48th Fighter Wing Airmen and members of the Ministry of Defence hold the flags of the United States

48th Fighter Wing Airmen and members of the Ministry of Defence hold the flags of the United States and United Kingdom, respectively, before kickoff of the second NFL International Series football game at Twickenham Stadium in London. After presenting the flag, the Airmen watched the game played between the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants, with the Giants winning 17-10. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier) - Credit: Archant

American airmen got a taste of home when they were asked to fly their nation's flag at an NFL game in one of the UK's most famous sports venues.

Around 70 airmen based at RAF Lakenheath were invited to represent the US at an American football game at Twickenham, and carried the Stars and Stripes onto the pitch in a pre-game ceremony.

The members of 48th Fighter Wing appeared alongside their Ministry of Defence counterparts, who carried with them the Union Jack.

A 48th Operation Support Squadron weather technician said: 'We weren't only representing the United States Air Force, we were representing [RAF] Lakenheath and supporting the United States of America by presenting the flag out on the field.

'It was an experience, especially when you heard all the British fans get loud after our national anthem. It was a good feeling.'


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Following the ceremony the Liberty airmen watched the football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants from the stands, with the Giants winning 17-10.

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