In October, F-22A Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis stopped off at RAF Lakenheath for a Fighter Training Detachment en route home from combat operations in the Middle East. Jamie Hunter caught up with the 1st Fighter Wing team as they completed their spell in the UK.


The 27th Fighter Squadron’s flagship F-22 awaits its pilot outside a hardened aircraft shelter in the 493rd FS complex at RAF Lakenheath.
Jamie Hunter

”We flew one big VUL [vulnerability period], and this was the first exercise where we actually fought against the Typhoons in a long-range scenario.”

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