RAF Lakenheath 3rd October 2014

 

I hadn't been to RAF Lakenheath for a couple of years & I'd heard on the grapevine of a number of USMC

Boeing F-18A Hornets coming in from Sigonella AFB in Italy for an overnight stop.

This seemed too good an opportunity to miss as the weather was also looking good so I decided

to go, US Carrier aircraft being as rare as hen's teeth in this country!

 

I'd heard that Fridays were generally pretty quiet so I wasn't expecting a great deal of flying,

I was pleasantly surprised though as it seemed the entire base went up that morning!

There must have been over 20 departures with both F-15C's & F-15E Strike Eagles getting airborne.

I'd forgotten how much fun it was shooting the Eagles, they really are fabulous aeroplanes,

nice and noisy too. The E versions especially as they use reheat on take-off.

 

Unfortunately the first wave of F-18's didn't arrive until around 8pm & I was long gone by then

but having the Eagles arriving & departing over the morning period was fantastic.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and with so many people waiting for the arrival of the Hornets the

conversation was great.

 

As an added bonus, an RAF Mildenhall based Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 63-8021, landed mid-afternoon, very nice!

 

I also photographed Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182 during my visit which sadly was to crash a week later,

the pilot ejected from the aircraft. Happily he survived the incident pretty much unscathed.

 

Arrivals/departures were via Runway 24.

This section contains 72 images taken during the day:

USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0160
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0160
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0160
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0178
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0178
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 84-0044
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0332
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0332
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0332
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0332
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 01-2001
USAF F-15E Strike Eagles 01-2001 & 91-0332
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 96-0201
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0314
USAF F-15E 91-0314 & F-15C 86-0178
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0334
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 00-3004
USAF F-15E 96-0201 & F-15C 84-0027
USAF 3 x Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles 96-0201, 01-2001 & 91-0332
USAF 2 x F-15C Eagles 86-0160 & 86-0176
USAF 2 x F-15C Eagles 86-0160 & 86-0176
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0160
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0176
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0176
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0176
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0332
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 01-2001
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0320
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15D Eagle 86-0182
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0178
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0178
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 86-0178
USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle 84-0027 'Mig Killer'
USAF F-15C Eagle 84-0027 'Mig Killer'
USAF F-15C Eagle 84-0027 'Mig Killer'
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles 91-0334 & 91-2003
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0334
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-2003
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0334
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0334
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0334
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0314
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 91-0314
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 00-3004
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 97-0220
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 97-0220
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 97-0220
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 01-2002
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 96-0201
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 96-0201
USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle 96-0201
USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 63-8021
USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 63-8021
USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 63-8021
USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 63-8021

 

All images copyright İRoger Whitcomb 2014 - www.milairpix.com

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