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United States Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets to roar into Friday’s air show

PUBLISHED: 10:07 11 August 2011

A U.S. Air Force  F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron Bagram Air Base in-flight over Afghanistan on Nov. 12 2008. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron Bagram Air Base in-flight over Afghanistan on Nov. 12 2008. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon)

AN exciting late addition to this year’s airshow line-up was announced this week.

Two United States Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath will be appearing at the event for the first time – joining the display on Friday only.

A previous attempt to bring the aircraft to Lowestoft was thwarted by sea fog, which meant visibility was limited and only the roar of their Pratt and Whitney engines could be heard as they passed overhead.

The F-15E Strike Eagle is the ground attack and strike version of the successful F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter.

F-15E Strike Eagles at Lakenheath equip the 492nd and 494th Fighter Squadrons.

These units regularly deploy to Afghanistan and, on a number of occasions, have worked with British troops from the Royal Anglian Regiment, providing either ‘shows of force’ or kinetic effects against Taliban rebels.

The F-15Es based at Lakenheath are the most powerful versions of the Strike Eagle.

Their two ‘dash 229’ engines together produce about 60,000lb of thrust in full afterburner and they will certainly be heard beyond the seafront.


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