gary1701 Posted October 19, 2022 Share Posted October 19, 2022 (edited) Hi Gents, Here's another batch of pics from the RAF Lakenheath approach shot yesterday morning after the fog had cleared. Originally I wasn't planning a trip but booked the day off late on Monday due to feeling poorly after the Covid and flu injections, felt better late Monday, saw that Tuesday was going to be a sunny Autumn day so decided not to waste it. All standard resident F-15E and F-35As, with about 25 sorties in a three hour spell, all AM. F-15s first, and both the 492nd and 494th are currently back home - no specially marked up jet I'm afraid! Fair amount of moisture about in the air so some nice trails. No idea on the reference on the name - is it something a Brit wouldn't get? Slightly wider shot from where I am, in the middle of a disused field, looking back towards the fence and a few other fellow photographers standing beside the road that runs alongside the fence at the Eastern end. Whilst it's quite easy to get decent pics from the roadside, I prefer to go into the field (it's common ground, never planted) to give myself some panning room. That's a selection of the Eagles, about a dozen sorties AM. I'd seen just a single F-35 depart as I got there and thought it was going to be a day without much from the 495th. When they came back I got a pair and a four ship inbound on the radio so I'd obviously missed some go besides the straggler. The pair went down the ILS with the far jet (newly marked for the 48th Ops Group) taking the runway whilst the 495th FS jet went around. The four ship were the first I have seen myself with the AIM-9 rails fitted. It's not new as I've seen many other pics with Lakenheath jest fitted, but never when I've been there. These guys were up for some circuits as well. 48th boss jet. 20-5582 is the newest jet here, only delivered late September. That may well change before the end of the week as I think the assets are in place in the US for another delivery from Fort Worth, maybe even tomorrow. There's at least five more jets there waiting marked for the 495th. Got a few waves to the guys in this session. I was surprised, perfect weather forecast and although purely residents flying there was only about a dozen photographers on the usual South Eastern corner, which by Lakenheath standards is a pretty low turnout. Not sure what's he's got in the cockpit with him, it wasn't there on this jets first sortie so must be something specific to this pilot or sortie. I know there is a tradition with the 48th that there is a toy that the pilot who has deemed to have embarrassed himself the most for that week must take with them on a sortie, so could be that. Still, he seems happy enough with being seen! Finally, the OG bird on it's own for the second sortie of the morning. Hope that's okay, I know they're a bit similar but as I wasn't planning on going I forgot my stepladder so no runway or taxiway shots. Gary Edited October 22, 2022 by gary1701 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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