48th Fighter Wing

Final Exercise Point Blank of 2022 concludes

Exercise Point Blank 22-4 – the last of four quarterly-held exercises to be held in 2022 by the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk – took place from August 24-25

Top Aces Skyhawks first air combat training involving USAF fighters in Europe was with F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing in December 2021. One of the company’s Skyhawks is shown taxiing at Spangdahlem Air Base, home of the 52nd FW. USAF/Tech Sgt Maeson L Elleman News Premium

EXCLUSIVE: Lakenheath F-15s fight A-4 Skyhawks

US Air Force F-15s from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath have been conducting air combat training with A-4 Skyhawks from adversary air provider Top Aces.

The recently unveiled specially marked F-15C of the 493rd FS, note the unit’s air-to-air kills painted on the air brake. Key-Jamie Ewan News Premium

Special markings highlight impending end of Eagle ops for ‘Grim Reapers’

The 48th Fighter Wing’s 493rd Fighter Squadron has specially painted one of its F-15Cs to mark the end of its operations with the Eagle

USAF’s first Europe-based F-35A unit activated at Lakenheath

During a ceremony at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, on October 1, the USAF re-activated the first USAFE Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter squadron as part of the resident 48th FW

USAF F-15C of the 493rd Fighter Squadron. News Premium

493rd FS deploys to RAF Leeming for Agile Liberty 21-2

The USAF’s 493rd Fighter Squadron ‘The Grim Reapers’ – a component of the 48th Fighter Wing – has deployed to RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire to participate in Exercise Agile Liberty 21-2

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USAF conducts large-scale fighter drills in Poland

As Russian troops were massing on Ukraine borders, joint USAF and Polish Air Force drills were taking place in Baltic airspace, as we report

F-35As conduct acoustic and emissions testing at RAF Lakenheath

Two USAF-operated Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs from the Vermont ANG – which recently arrived in the UK – are being used to prepare RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, for the arrival of its first fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters

48th FW completes three-day ACE exercise

The 492nd Fighter Squadron – a unit assigned to the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk – completed a three-day Agile Combat Employment (ACE) exercise on January 13

48th Fighter Wing F-15C crashes in the North Sea

A Boeing F-15C Eagle – assigned to the US Air Forces Europe’s (USAFE’s) 48th Fighter Wing (FW) at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk – has crashed into the North Sea.