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F-35s heading to Europe

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posted on Apr, 16 2017 @ 02:55 PM
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It looks like they're basing out of Lakenheath and moving around to wherever they're going. They're supposed to spend at least 4 weeks going to different areas to train before heading back to Hill.




posted on Apr, 16 2017 @ 06:56 PM
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Its not Oktoberfest early this year?



posted on Apr, 19 2017 @ 02:50 PM
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The last two aircraft arrive today. One of the two had a minor problem during the first air refueling, so he and a wingman returned to Hill.


Over the first week, F-35 pilots will start off doing air-to-air exercises with U.S. Air Force F-15Cs and F-15Es permanently located at Lakenheath, as well as engagements against other F-35As acting as adversary air, Watkins said. Pilots will practice dogfighting one-on-one and doing combat maneuvers in two-on-two formations with simulated weapons, including the laser-guided GBU-12, 2,000-pound joint direct attack munition and A-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.

From there, activities will ramp up to small and large force exercises with U.K. Eurofighter Typhoons and potentially Dutch F-16s, he said. Other NATO aircraft could also join in for that training, but have not been confirmed yet.

www.defensenews.com...
edit on 4/19/2017 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 20 2017 @ 08:14 AM
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BBC are providing coverage of their arrival of Lakenheath with an interview too.

BBC News coverage of USAF F-35A arrival

Looks like if you're on the UK's East coast you might get a bit of a show in the next few weeks.



posted on Apr, 26 2017 @ 08:56 AM
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Now this was interesting. Two aircraft, 5102 and 5094 departed yesterday for Estonia where they spent a few hours on the ground. They flew to the area with a KC-135 escort, and had a ceremony on the ground. While they were on the ground, an RC-135W Rivet Joint very publicly (broadcasting its ADS-B) took up an orbit near Kaliningrad Oblast, while one of the RC-135U Combat Sent aircraft took up an orbit over Estonia near the Russian border. Shortly after, one of the RAF Airseeker aircraft showed up near Kaliningrad as well. All three kept their ADS-B broadcasting while they were orbiting. Shortly after the F-35s returned to England, all three departed the area.

theaviationist.com...




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