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RAF Lakenheath – Brandon, Suffolk, UK

Sitting 75 miles northeast of London and 25 miles northeast of Cambridge, RAF Lakenheath (IATA: LKZ, ICAO: EGUL) is a Royal Air Force (RAF) station in Suffolk, England. Despite its designation as an RAF station, Lakenheath currently only hosts United States Air Force units and personnel.


RAF Lakenheath Fast Facts

  • Location: Brandon, Suffolk, UK
  • Installation size: 1,976 acres
  • Runways: 06/24
  • Runway length: 8,999 ft. (2,743 m)
  • It is the largest base operated by the USAF in the UK.
  • The station’s host unit is the 48th Fighter Wing (48 FW), or the Liberty Wing.
  • Lakenheath’s 06 runway approach passes directly over runway 11’s end at RAF Mildenhall. Close coordination is required.


48th Fighter Wing

The 48 FW is part of the USAF’s Third Air Force and is the only USAF F-15 fighter wing in Europe. It is the foundation of USAF Europe’s combat capability. In 1954, the 48 FW was named the “Statue of Liberty Wing.” The 48th is the only USAF unit will both a name and numerical designation.


The Liberty Wing consists of more than 4,500 active-duty military members, over 1,000 British and US civilians and includes a unit at nearby RAF Feltwell. The wing provide responsive combat air power, support and services to meet the worldwide objectives of the US and NATO allies.


Flash product used at RAF Lakenheath

The station employs an FTS 8021, a 21-light voltage-driven airfield lighting system, with an FTC 183 ALS controller.

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