RAF Lakenheath

The 48th Fighter Wing (FW) at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk comprises four squadrons flying two different aircraft types. The 492nd Fighter Squadron (FS), known as the ‘Madhatters’ or ‘Bolars’, and 494th FS ‘Panthers’ fly the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle, while the 493rd FS ‘Grim Reapers’ and 495th ‘Valkyries’ operate the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.

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EXCLUSIVE: List of Lakenheath’s 495th FS F-35 Valkyrie names

The F-35A Lightning IIs of the 495th Fighter Squadron (FS) at RAF Lakenheath have each been given the name of a Valkyrie from Norse mythology

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Nuclear confusion and Lakenheath F-35s – setting the record straight

The mainstream media has jumped on a story about the possible housing of nuclear weapons at RAF Lakenheath, home of the US Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing (FW), and these reports have featured a number of inaccuracies.

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In-flight emergency forces Top Aces A-4 to divert to RAF Lakenheath

A Top Aces A-4N Skyhawk declared an emergency and diverted into RAF Lakenheath on July 26 while acting as an adversary for the US Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing

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The next Exercise Point Blank…dates for the diary

Key.Aero can reveal the next dates for Exercise Point Blank, which in the past has often involved European air forces deploying to RAF Lakenheath.

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The ultimate guide to everything happening at RAF Lakenheath

AirForces Monthly looks at RAF Lakenheath, where the 48th Fighter Wing is continuing to transition from an all Eagle force to welcome the new fifth-generation capabilities offered by the F-35A Lightning II

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Behind the scenes with 493rd FS F-15Cs

A selection of ten stunning photos from the book ‘Mission Ready – Inside the Best Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Air Force’ by Patrick van Dam

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Lakenheath's First F-35 Squadron

In a recent special publication marking the 80th anniversary of USAFE Mark Ayton provided an overview of the re-activation of the 495th Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, and its work-up with the F-35A Lightning II

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

F-22 Raptors arrive at RAF Lakenheath for more Eastern Europe action

On July 26, six F-22A Raptors from the 90th Fighter Squadron (FS), 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, touched down at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

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EXCLUSIVE: The truth about Biden’s “two additional” UK F-35 squadrons

Key.Aero can reveal the reality of the US President's recent much-publicised announcement of additional F-35 squadrons for the UK