USAF Increases Presence on the Ground
Published: 19 Jun 2017
As part of its 70th anniversary celebrations, the United States Air Force has confirmed six additional aircraft for the Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 static park.
The USAF's forces stationed in the UK will be further represented by two F-15C Eagle fighters and an F-15E Strike Eagle from the component squadrons of the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk. These potent aircraft have maintained a front-line USAF presence on British shores since the 1990s, and taken part in many overseas combat operations. Also from Lakenheath, there is scheduled to be a rare airshow appearance by an HH-60G Pave Hawk combat rescue helicopter, operated by the 56th Rescue Squadron.
RAF Mildenhall, meanwhile, will be sending a KC-135R Stratotanker air-to-air refuelling aircraft from the 351st Air Refuelling Squadron, 100th Air Refuelling Wing. Boeing's venerable KC-135 has formed the backbone of the USAF's air-to-air refuelling force since the 1950s. The type was once a familiar sight at RAF Fairford when they were based at the Gloucestershire airfield on deployment.
Completing this selection of USAF assets, the 76th Airlift Squadron, part of the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein, Germany, will provide a C-21A twin-turbofan transport.