PUBLISHED: 20:33 25 April 2019 Suzanne Day The F-15 is capable of travelling at supersonic speeds Picture: Tech Sgt Matthew Plew Archant Neighbours in Martlesham, Kesgrave, Great Blakenham and Claydon are still wondering what caused a series of loud bangs across Suffolk last night. Earlier today we reported on a big bang in Claydon and Great Blakenham that was strong enough to shake a room and wake up a sleeping baby.The initial bang was heard at 6.45pm on Wednesday evening, since then we have been contacted by families in Martlesham and Kesgrave who also heard noise later in the evening at around 8pm. One of the theories about the mystery bangs was that they might have been caused by an air training exercise being carried out by the US Airforce.A spokesman for RAF Lakenheath said: “The 48th Fighter Wing located at RAF Lakenheath had F-15E Strike Eagles flying over the North Sea off the coast of Suffolk last night as part of a 48-hour continuous … [Read more...] about Was Suffolk’s big bang caused by a fighter jet?
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Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense. Countries across the Asia-Pacific are not—repeat not—buying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter because of China. That’s from China’s hawkish Global Times—an arm of the newspaper run by the Communist Party of China—which assured readers this week that, while they may read stories that Australia, Japan, South Korea, and now Singapore are all purchasing America’s newest stealth fighter, it has totally nothing to do with them. The result is an interesting look at how the region views China’s rapidly expanding defense budget and an increasingly brash and powerful Beijing—and how that news gets spun within China itself. As you might expect, military and defense is a popular news subject among the Chinese people. Microblogging sites such as Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo cover not only China’s growing military power but also global military affairs—particularly goings … [Read more...] about China Says It’s Not the Reason Countries Are Buying the F-35 (It Totally Is)
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is being sold to the U.S. military and the air forces of thirteen allies under a program worth approximately $1.4 trillion worldwide. It’s all been an utter boondoggle, but we’re stuck with it, even as there have been some signs of progress, with the latest variant going operations capable last week. In this roundup of the state of the F-35 we cover the U.S. Navy’s recent declaration of a squadron of F-35Cs ready for combat, and the massive aircraft program appears poised to pick up a new customer, Singapore. Finally, the United States and Turkey are headed for a showdown over the latter’s planned purchase of Russian surface-to-air missiles, which could sink Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program. United States (Navy) The U.S. Navy finally announced its F-35 jets, the -C carrier-based variant, achieved Initial Operations Capable (IOC). The announcement, … [Read more...] about The F-35C Is Finally Ready for Combat, Though Of Course It Was Years Late
Video PUBLISHED: 16:54 01 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:54 01 February 2019 Conor Matchett The new D-Day commemorative livery on an F-15 fighter jet at RAF Lakenheath. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk Airmen and special guests were treated to the sight of a new livery for an F-15 fighter jet commemorating the American effort on D-Day. The unveiling of the aircraft which took place at the home of the US Air Force’s (USAF) 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, is the beginning of a series of events to take place throughout the year at the base in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.With the backdrop of a USAF P-47 Thunderbolt, the same type of aircraft used by the 48th Bombardment Group during the invasion of Normandy which flew more than 2,000 sorties during the war, a newly painted F-15 Strike Eagle was unveiled to the song Eye of the Tiger.The new D-Day commemorative livery on an F-15 fighter … [Read more...] about Historic paint scheme for F-15 fighter jet unveiled to mark D-Day invasion
PUBLISHED: 17:16 03 November 2018 Conor Matchett An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. arrives at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in October. Picture: U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew Archant Pilots from the United States Air Force took part in a number of ‘large-force’ exercises at RAF Lakenheath. The 48th Fighter Wing, also known as the Liberty Wing, hosted dissimilar air combat training (DACT) at Lakenheath in October.It saw aircraft such as F-22 Raptors, F/A-18 Super Hornets, F-15 Eagles and F-15 Strike Eagles take part.DACT exercises bring different types of fighter aircraft from various units together to train for air combat in the same air space.A spokesman for the US Air Force said: “It was conducted to enhance the professional relationships and improve overall coordination with allies and partner militaries, and demonstrates the US commitment to providing fifth-generation fighter … [Read more...] about Fighter jets take part in air combat training exercises at RAF Lakenheath