Buzzards at RAF Lakenheath

Buzzards at RAF Lakenheath

From July 20th until August 6th, RAF Lakenheath was the temporary home of the 510th Fighter Squadron (Buzzards), normally based at Aviano Air Force Base, Italy

Report and photos by Danny Reijnen

August 18, 2018

Approximately 200 Airmen assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, participated in a flying training deployment at RAF Lakenheath.

They participated in a flying deployment at the Suffolk base, home to the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing (FW), to train in NATO operations with the USAFE and RAF units.

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During this training event, 14 F-16C Fighting Falcons from the 510th Fighter Squadron participated in training, focused on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability with NATO and other U.S. Air Force assets.

The F-16’s flew almost every day in 2 waves with at least 10 aircraft.

Lakenheath is familiar with having other USAFE units at their airbase.

In 2017, eighteen F-16’s from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem in Germany were deployed to RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom.

The Spangdahlem aircraft were present back then at Lakenheath for several weeks whilst groundworks took place at their home base.

The 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath is the Statue of Liberty Wing, the only USAF wing with both a number and a name. Liberty Wing has been one of the premier fighter wings of the United States Air Forces in Europe, spending over 50 years as part of USAFE.

Squadrons of the 48th Fighter Wing:

492d Fighter Squadron (F-15E)

493d Fighter Squadron (F-15C/D)

494th Fighter Squadron (F-15E)

Normally, with all squadrons at their homebase, Lakenheath houses around 70 F-15’s.

Currently the 494th FS is on deployment to the middle-east with 18 F-15E’s supporting US and allied forces and 12 F-15C/D’s are deployed to Keflavik for policing duties.

With at least 30 F-15’s based elsewhere and the F-16’s from the 510th Fighter Squadron returning towards Aviano, the Suffolk skies will be relatively quiet in coming months.

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Danny Reijnen
Photojournalist at Aviation Photography Digest
Danny Reijnen was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and currently resides in Almere in the Middle of the Netherlands with his girlfriend Susan and 4 kids.

Danny currently works for the Ministry of Defence at Schiphol Airport. His passion towards military aviation started when he was 7 years old. His dad took him to Volkel airbase. There he saw a lot of F-16s flying and he got hooked. He has been active in aviation photography since 1993.

When he first began, he was using an analog film camera. After awhile he got his first digital Konica Minolta 7D. After a couple of years the camera needed to be replaced and he bought a Sony A700. In 2015, he purchased a Sony A77 while continuing to use A700 as a secondary camera.

Despite of having a busy job, and being interested in taking photographs, Danny recently started to put his talent to use as a photojournalist in military aviation.

Danny can be reached at: [email protected]

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