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Excalibur 2005 - RAF Lakenheath
 
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Excalibur is a joint United States Air Force (USAFE) and Royal Air Force (RAF) Training Exercise. This year's edition took place at the Holbeach and Wainfleet air weapons ranges on the East Coast of Lincolnshire over a three day period; August 17, 18 and 19 2005.

This exercise, a bombing- strafingrun competition, provided an opportunity for aircrew from the USAFE and RAF to test their skills and combat capabilities against each other. Aircraft participating in the exercise included two Squadrons from RAF Coltishall 6 and 41 Sqn, 9 Sqn from RAF Marham, 510th FS and 555th FS from the 31st FW at Aviano AB, Italy, 22nd FS, 23rd FS and 81st FS from the 52nd FW at Spangdahlem AB, Germany. Exercise ‘Excalibur’ was originally established to foster friendly relations between USAFE and NATO, to increase Esprit de Corps’ between the respective pilots and to show basic visual bombing and strafe skills.

Arriving at RAF Lakenheath on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 16 to join the resident F-15Es of the 492nd ‘Madhatters’ and 494th ‘Panthers’ Fighter Squadrons, were six USAFE Lockheed F-16s operated by the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AFB in Italy. They included three the 510th ‘Buzzards’ and the 555th ‘Triple Nickel’ Fighter Squadrons. These were followed on Wednesday August 17, by the 52nd Fighter Wing machines from Spangdahlem AFB in Germany, which were five F-16s operated by the 22nd ‘Stingers’ Fighter Squadron, three F-16s operated by the 23rd ‘Hawks’ Fighter Squadron and four A-10’s operated by the 81st ‘Panthers’ Fighter Squadron.

52nd Fighter Wing aircrew flew a mission direct to the East Coast ranges from Spangdahlem, before recovering to RAF Lakenheath on Wednesday. The 31st Fighter Wing F-16’s and resident 48th Fighter Wing F-15E’s flew bombing missions direct from Lakenheath during this three day period.

Top Flights:

  1. 22nd Fighter Squadron Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  2. 494th Fighter Squadron RAF Lakenheath, UK
  3. 555th Fighter Squadron Aviano AB, Italy

Top Wing          

  1. 31st Fighter Wing Aviano AB, Italy
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