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Report - RAF Lakenheath - OFFICIAL VISIT

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Incomplete Pete, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. Incomplete Pete


    Not quite a urbexing and definitely not an infiltration, but just before Christmas I was given a superb tour of RAF Lakenheath which you guys might be interested in! If you're not aware, RAF Lakenheath is one of the biggest fighter bases for the USAF in Europe, stationing approximately 80 F-15Es and F-15Cs.

    The tour started off checking the squadron ops building where the two F-15E squadrons are based. Each squadron has its own bar which is fully stocked and made me very jealous! The place was pretty much like any office building, except two large doorways in each of the squadron's sections. One door contains the 'vault' which has all the top secret mission planning documents and maps, so naturally I wasn't allowed in there! Behind another door was the prep room which contains all the pilots' gear they need for flying, again containing some classified stuff.

    We then took a walk out to the flightline and had a nosy around an F-15E which, surprisingly I was allowed to clamber into the pilot's seat, move the stick around, play with the throttle but the pilot made sure I didn't yank the ejection handle :D

    After that we drove over to the simulator which had been prepared for me to go and fly a mission! Remarkably the F-15 was easy to fly thanks to helpful instruction by a seasoned pilot! So, after flying around, doing split-s's, aileron rolls, buzzing Peterborough at mach 1.5 at 100ft and 9g turns at 500ft, I flew in the flight path for Lakenheath and performed a very dodgy landing which resulted in me running off the end of the runway cos the wheelbrakes are a bitch to use! I'm now wondering if that hour's flight time will count towards my PPL! :D

    Anywho, the day ended 50ft from the runway, watching 4 F-15s taking off for a night sortie. All in all, a superb afternoon out! Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take many photos, but I did make sure to take some:





    Dodgy photo I know, but 17-40mm, 50ft from the runway at night isn't ideal. But hey, check out that afterburner!
    #1 Incomplete Pete, Jan 3, 2007
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