Flying activity at RAF Lakenheath returns to normal after increased operations

An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from RAF Lakenheath. Picture: Tech Sgt Matt

An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from RAF Lakenheath. Picture: Tech Sgt Matthew Plew - Credit: Archant

Flying operations at RAF Lakenheath have returned to normal after a period of increased activity.

Between August 7 and 16, the 493rd Fighter Squadron completed 158 sorties and 158.8 flying hours, while the 494th completed 235 sorties and 244 hours.

An average of 14 sorties a day are completed at the US base during routine flying.

The extra operations help both aircrew and support personnel to meet time-sensitive training requirements and is necessary to maintain a ready and capable force.

Col Evan Pettus, 48th Fighter Wing commander, said he appreciates the support from the local community during times of increased flying activity.


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'We have a great relationship with our host nation partners and community members,' he said. 'They understand the importance of these operations, even when the skies get a bit louder than usual.'

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