A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

Postby boff180 on Fri 23 Dec 2016, 9:25 pm

Hi guys,

Two Thursdays ago saw (what I believe to be) the first of quarterly enthusiast base tours at RAF Lakenheath.
UKAR were lucky enough to be invited to the inaugural tour and I attended.

The plan for the tour was an afternoon/evening visit intending to capture afternoon ops of the 56th RQS then move to last chance to capture Eagle operations at Dusk/After Dark.

The weather put pay to that and the awful conditions resulted in the afternoon/evening Eagle missions being scrubbed. The light was extremely poor ruining the photo opportunities with the Jollies. Recognising this the PAO very quickly arranged us permission to visit the F-15C HAS complex as it went dark.

This was intended to be a full UKAR feature report on the base visit however the weather prevented decent photographic content being produced in sufficient volume to support it. However I thought it a shame for the decent shots from the visit not to be seen though.

I hope these shots are of interest, and Merry Christmas to you all.

Andy

ImageF-15C Eagle by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageF-15C Eagle by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageF-15C Eagle by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageF-15E Strike Eagle by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageHH-60G by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageF-15C Eagle by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageF-15E Strike Eagle by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageHH-60G by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageF-15E Strike Eagle by Andrew Evans, on Flickr

ImageF-15E Strike Eagle by Andrew Evans, on Flickr
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Re: A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

Postby CJS on Fri 23 Dec 2016, 9:48 pm

Nicely done Andy, first one is the pick for me. :up:

Thanks for sharing and Happy Christmas to you too :smile:
"Forewarned is forearmed"
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Re: A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

Postby boff180 on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 6:18 pm

Thanks Chris
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Re: A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

Postby PeterR on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 7:32 pm

Shame about the conditions, but a nice selection of images! :clap:
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Re: A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

Postby Raptor25 on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 4:58 pm

Top with a special mention for the Nr1
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Re: A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

Postby boff180 on Thu 29 Dec 2016, 12:54 pm

Thanks guys
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Re: A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

Postby cg_341 on Thu 29 Dec 2016, 12:56 pm

boff180 wrote:Two Thursdays ago saw (what I believe to be) the first of quarterly enthusiast base tours at RAF Lakenheath.

Do these tours differ from those that have been run previously? I.e. are they public knowledge and bookable?
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Re: A December visit into the Eagle's Lair

Postby boff180 on Thu 29 Dec 2016, 1:21 pm

Can't comment on previous tours as I've previously only attended media photocalls for deployments.

I'm really not certain of the mechanism for these tours and it wasn't clear, the invite for this one was by email and limited to the first 15 to respond. I'd assume you first need to register your details with them as an "enthusiast" in order to be offered a place? How you go about registering your details, I have no clue.

Andy
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