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Reapers, Griffins complete Estonia FTD

By Senior Airman Erin Trower, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published September 03, 2016 ÄMARI AIR BASE, Estonia — U.S. Air Force and allied partners completed a multilateral flying training deployment in Estonia Sept. 2. The FTD served to enhance unit readiness and interoperability. The 493rd Fighter Squadron ‘Grim Reapers’, based out of Royal […]

Mad Hatters support Noble Arrow

By Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron here, launched sorties as they began participation in Noble Arrow 16, Oct. 8. Noble Arrow is a NATO air exercise conducted with Portugal and the U.K. to provide force integration and […]

Two milestones with one bird

By Staff Sgt. Samantha Mathison, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs / Published August 22, 2016 When the announcement came through the radio that F-15E Strike Eagle #89-0487 would land in 10 minutes, Airmen of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance and 335th Expeditionary Fighter squadrons prepared to celebrate a historic moment, Aug. 16, 2016. The […]

Schmidt eclipses 3,000 hours on final F-15E flight

By Tech. Sgt. Chuck Broadway, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Lt. Col. Eric Schmidt, 334th Fighter Squadron director of operations is sprayed down by friends and family members following his final F-15E Strike Eagle flight June 17, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Schmidt eclipsed […]

Crushing It: 48th FW breaks sortie record

by Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 4/1/2016 – ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — When the 48th Fighter Wing set out to fly more than 1,000 sorties during what was dubbed ‘Big March’, a total of 1,220 sorties were scheduled, in anticipation of flight cancellations due to bad weather. But, the 48th FW […]

493 FS Surge ops increases air traffic

by Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 3/9/2016 – ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — The 48th Fighter Wing’s jets are flying more sorties during the month of March.  “We are exercising the ability to fly a massive amount of sorties in a short amount of time, and preparing our pilots for operations that […]