Lakenheath is the place the American 48th Fighter Wing calls home. The unit, established in 1952 and nicknamed Statue of Liberty Wing, is the only one in Europe to fly Eagles, and that makes the sight of their machines worthy of at least a mention.
According to the USAF, the “48th FW remains postured to defend U.S. national interests through the demonstration of its warfighting capabilities,” and given things currently unfolding in Europe, that’s something we probably need.
The Eagle is one of those old airplanes, having had its first flight in 1972. Last time it made a headcount, in 2019, the USAF had 249 units in its inventory. Each can strike targets up to 3,450 miles (5,552 km) away from the home base, and get out of the hot zone at speeds of up to Mach 2.
The airplane can carry, depending on needs, a 20 mm six-barrel cannon with 940 rounds of ammunition, and four Sidewinder and four AMRAAM missiles, or eight AMRAAMs.