Exercise 'Rapid Raptor'-RAF Lakenheath

Exercise 'Rapid Raptor'-RAF Lakenheath

Postby bigcrow on Thu 12 May 2016, 3:43 pm

Managed to grab a couple of days at RAF Lakenheath last week for the 12 F-22A's that were deployed for the exercise 'Rapid Raptor'

Last Wednesday I've never seen the base so busy, it was noted throughout the day they launched 86 missions. At one stage a four ship of Raptors & Eagles had to sit at the EOR due to being refused permission to take off by London Military stating too many fighters in the air. Crazy Day.. :rock: Went back on Sunday to see them depart. I throughly enjoyed this deployment, it was really like going back to the glory days.

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Image05-4107\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image05-4084\TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image04-4072\TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image05-4106\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image04-4072\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image05-4094\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image92-0364\LN F-15E 48th FW, 494th FS "Panthers" RAF Lakenheath by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image04-4072\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image05-4107\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#10

Image05-4106\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#11

Image04-4084\TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image05-4081\TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image05-4081\TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#14

Image01-2002\LN F-15E 48th FW, 494th FS "Panthers" RAF Lakenheath by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image84-0019\LN F-15C 48th FW, 493rd FS "Grim Reapers" RAF Lakenheath by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image86-0175\LN F-15C 48th FW, 493rd FS "Grim Reapers" RAF Lakenheath by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#17

Image00-3002\LN F-15E 48th FW, 494th FS "Panthers" RAF Lakenheath by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#18

Image05-4094\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#19

Image86-0172\LN F-15C 48th FW, 493rd FS "Grim Reapers" RAF Lakenheath by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#20

Image92-0364\LN F-15E 48th FW, 494th FS "Panthers" RAF Lakenheath by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#21

Image05-4081\TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

#22

Image84-0044\LN F-15D 48th FW, 493rd FS "Grim Reapers" RAF Lakenheath by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr

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Image05-4106\TY TY F-22A 325th FW, 95th FS "Boneheads", Tyndall AFB, Fl by Stuart Freer - Touchdown Aviation, on Flickr
Last edited by bigcrow on Fri 13 May 2016, 6:32 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Exercise 'Rapid Raptor'-RAF Lakenheath

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Thu 12 May 2016, 3:52 pm

Awesome. Best I've seen from the deployment I'd say - some great F-15 shots in there too, particularly the first shot of 92-0364 over the piano keys. :up:
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Re: Exercise 'Rapid Raptor'-RAF Lakenheath

Postby BigClick67 on Thu 12 May 2016, 5:19 pm

Beautiful images :clap: well done!! :up:
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Re: Exercise 'Rapid Raptor'-RAF Lakenheath

Postby Red Dragon on Thu 12 May 2016, 7:11 pm

A fantastic set of photos, they make up for the fact I never had a chance due to work, to get down there :clap:
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Re: Exercise 'Rapid Raptor'-RAF Lakenheath

Postby soundbarrier on Thu 12 May 2016, 7:59 pm

Impressive series Stuart with great light conditions. :cool: :drool: :dizzy: :win:

What camera/lenses did you use?

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Re: Exercise 'Rapid Raptor'-RAF Lakenheath

Postby bigcrow on Fri 13 May 2016, 9:56 am

Thanks for the comments guys. Carl I use a Canon 7D MkII with a 100-400mm L Series Mk I
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Re: Exercise 'Rapid Raptor'-RAF Lakenheath

Postby Russ on Fri 13 May 2016, 2:59 pm

Great shots Stu. Particularly 18 and 23. :clap: :cool:
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