F-16 Fighting Falcons visit RAF Lakenheath for training deployment
PUBLISHED: 11:44 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:52 23 July 2018
A different type of fighter jet may be seen in the skies above East Anglia.
RAF Lakenheath has welcomed 14 F-16C Fighting Falcons and 200 airmen from the US Air Force’s (USAF) 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, based at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
They will be participating in a flying deployment at the Suffolk base, home to the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing (FW), to train in NATO operations with the 48th FW and British allies.
A spokesman for the 48th FW said: “During this training event, 14 F-16C Fighting Falcons from the 510th Fighter Squadron will participate in training focused on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability capabilities with NATO and other US Air Force assets.
“Through strengthened relationships and engagements with our allies, the US and NATO demonstrate our shared commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Europe.”