F-15s moving from Lakenheath to Mildenhall during runway repairs
RAF MILDENHALL, England — U.S. Air Force F-15 aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing are relocating for several weeks to RAF Mildenhall while the runway at nearby RAF Lakenheath is repaired, according to a military press release.
Mildenhall’s British station commander, Squadron Leader Richard Fryer, reassured surrounding communities that the louder jets will conduct the minimal number of flying missions and will take extra precaution to avoid flying near Ely Cathedral, which is about 10 miles from Mildenhall’s runway.
Some jets have already made the temporary move, sharing runway space with Mildenhall’s air refueling aircraft, Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft and cargo planes.
Repairs at Lakenheath, which is less than five miles from Mildenhall, are expected to begin Friday and be completed by July 18.
Elements of the 48th Fighter Wing’s 56th Rescue Squadron, which consists of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, will remain at their home station during the repairs, the release said.