U.S. F-22 Raptors make surprise deployment to RAF Lakenheath, UK

Apr 11 2016 - 5 Comments

Four Raptors have arrived at RAF Lakenheath.

On Apr. 11, using radio callsign “Tabor 41,” four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors deployed to RAF Lakenheath, UK, to conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft.

The stealth aircraft belong to the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, were met by F-15E Strike Eagles from Lakenheath and performed a touch and go at RAF Marham before heading to their final destination, where they will be deployed until May.

F-22 deploy to EGUL

“The 5th generation, multi-role fighter aircraft will also forward deploy from the U.K. to NATO bases to maximize training opportunities, affirm enduring commitments to NATO allies, and deter any actions that destabilize regional security,” says an Air Force release.

The bit surprising (at least for aviation enthusiasts and spotters) deployment marks the second time the U.S. European Command has hosted a deployment of F-22 aircraft in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility.

Top image: file photo of two F-22s (U.S. Air Force)

  • Troy

    The F-22s in the top photo are from Alaska, not Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The “AK” on their tails shows this. It’s a great photo, though.

    • cencio4

      that’s why file photo is written in the credit….

      • Josh

        Exactly. Not exactly rocket science. Solid article though.

  • cencio4

    The credit is in its standard position for this page. I’m sorry that you missed it but has always been there.

  • Ryan

    They should go to France on the 20th