An American F-15 fighter jet passed over Glasgow this evening flying at 1,000ft off the ground and clocking in at 430 knots, that’s around 500mph.

The flight took place around 17:32 this evening ut don’t worry, the aircraft was conducting routine training.

The F-15 aircraft then headed to Newcastle before landing at RAF Lakenheath near Norwich.

RAF Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England and the only U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) F-15 fighter wing.

On their website, they say:

“As the USAFE’s only F-15 fighter wing, we bring unique air combat capabilities to the fight, such as the most advanced Joint Direct Attack Munitions employed by the F-15E. We provide all-weather, day-or-night air superiority, air-to-ground precision combat capability and multi-staged improvement program avionics.

The F-15E Strike Eagle employs Precision Guided Missiles (PGMs) using the Low Altitude Night Targeting and Infrared Navigation (LANTIRN) system and Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod technology. The F-15C Eagle employs advanced technology including the AIM-9X munitions and the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System providing the most advanced technology, capable of eliminating enemy air threats anytime, anywhere. When teamed together, the F-15E and F-15C provide air combat capability never before seen in the history of airpower.”

It is unclear why the aircraft conducted a relatively low pass over Glasgow as part of the training exercise, we’ve messaged the U.S. Air Force to ask if it was for anything interesting, I’ll keep you updated.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Clive Hamilton
Clive Hamilton
2 months ago

Sounds like force redeployment exercise regarding Russian tensions to a different airbase ready to respond to incursion, to do so in a way which is more difficult to track as they would behave in Ukraine, rather than flying around like a Cessna. They’d probably be doing Mach numbers if it was real

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
2 months ago

Next time hopefully they fly round the pentlands near Edinburgh. I’m jealous. Most I’ve had is low level apaches and chinooks

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago

I hear after its low flight over the Glasgow, the crew discovered the undercarriage wheels missing when they tried to land back at Lakenheath.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

😆

Jason Barnes
Jason Barnes
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Never mind that; the pilot is still looking for his wallet.

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason Barnes

😂. In the interests of fairness, not everyone living in Glasgow is an alcoholic, drug addicted thief, however, the Smiths at 42 Crescent Rd have their house on Rightmove at the moment, so after they have left……..😉

Further in the interests of fairness, other terrible places are available, many of them in England, cough, Swindon, cough…..

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Further in the interests of fairness, other terrible places are available, many of them in England, cough, Swindon, cough…..”

** Slough enters the chat…

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Good call Chris, I believe they are twinned, two ugly Siamese twins separated at birth perhaps…

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

If they had buzzed Liverpool then they would have had to land on bricks: surely?

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago

If it was Liverpool, the engines would be gone and they would be gliding into Speke (I refuse to call it John Lennon) Airport…

True story

My father was an engineer working for a huge telecommunications company in Liverpool during the 1960’s called the Automatic, one day he was walking out to his car in the enormous car park and during the day, someone had actually stolen the engine and gearbox out of his Zepthyr 6!

Palaboran
Palaboran
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Only because it wouldn’t start when they tried to steal it.

Jonathan
Jonathan
2 months ago

They would have had away with the whole thing, it would have been touch and go if they even had a parashoot left.

John Warnock
John Warnock
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

No that happens in liverpool 4 wheels off my wagon

Jonathan
Jonathan
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

The question is did the get the required replacement breeze blocks ?

Dennis REEVES
Dennis REEVES
2 months ago

Lakenheath…near Norwich?
Geography obviously not a strongpoint
It’s 45 miles away…..😆

maurice10
maurice10
2 months ago

Someone told me Lakenheath and Mildenhall were very busy today? I wonder if it has anything to do with Ukraine??

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago
Reply to  maurice10

Well, as I posted on another thread there were 2 chalks of 3 over the Duddon Estuary as well as transports, yesterday, and yes, they were sodding low when they flew over the car.

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
2 months ago

F35’s from Lakenheath will now become a more familiar site & sound in ours sky’s. Saw some good shots of them through the mach loop on another site. Typhoons over Hull earlier this evening. Coningsby always informs on social media when night flying is taking place. 👍

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

This probably has to do with using Glasgow airport in a hurry to ramp up P8 operations and therefore protecting it?

We have seen US and RAF P8 touch and go at Glasgow a good few times recently.

Geo
Geo
2 months ago

It sounded a lot lower than 1000ft thought it came in my bedroom window

Wehttam
Wehttam
2 months ago
Reply to  Geo

Yeah, It made quite a howl for me as it passed overhead

AlexS
AlexS
2 months ago

OT Possible engine replacement change for UK Merlin helicopters https://www.rid.it/shownews/4676 Rolls Royce – Turbomeca RTM322 now not anymore RR but exclusively SAFRAN owned replaced by General Electric CT7-8E GE CT7 is also the engines for the AW 149. So the Merlin will have 3 and the AW 149 will have 2 whihc is good for commonality. An AW 189 civilian version of AW 149 reach 5000 hours of flight with that engine so it is a proven one : LYNN, Mass. – A Bel Air Aviation AW189 helicopter has surpassed 5,000 engine flight hours operating with GE’s CT7-2E1 engine. Since entering… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by AlexS
Angus
Angus
2 months ago
Reply to  AlexS

To extend the Merlin Fleets out to 2040+ would be a positive thing for the RN with a more powerful engine. Of course it would be good also to add units to the HM2 Fleet as 30 is far from enough for two carriers and other commitments to counter the Russian sub surface fleet.

Paul T
Paul T
2 months ago
Reply to  Angus

Im firmly in the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it; camp but as the situation is changing with the adoption of the AH64E and possible Puma replacement i wonder how disruptive ( and expensive ) to the supply and maintenance chains multiple Engine types actually are ? The Merlin is still capable of being produced,rather than a re-engining programme id prefer to see the fleet topped up instead.

DRS
DRS
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

We need more of these manufactured even if it is at. Trickle rate of 1 to 2 a year. Maintain base skill sets and slowly increase fleet.

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  AlexS

Oh no, not content with trying to get the tax payer over a barrel with the 149, they are pushing for a re- engine of the Merlin fleet too. I’ve never heard of the Merlin lacking in power anyway, I believe one of the three engines is powered down to idle in flight and all three engines wind up to full power only under heavy load conditions? The current engine is perfectly ok out to its out of service date in the 2030’s. Just give Leanardo a blank cheque and be done with it, they can fill the amount in…..… Read more »

Angus
Angus
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Your right John. No lack of power in any version and of course who ever supplied the engine will still be outside the UK. Keep what we have and build on the numbers. With AH64E getting their new engines there will be lots of the former engines sitting around as spares to keep the current fleet (and any more if purchased) going for some time. Will it last as well as the Sea King? we will see. Crowsnest, in service for only 10 years? The Old Bags started off in the post Falklands when they put together a couple of… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Angus

Spot on Angus and good call on the retiring AH64D, plenty of engines there to use as you quite rightly say.

Leandro are determined to grab as much cash as they can from the UK tax payer, what’s next, an offer to hammer fit CT7’s into the old Land Rover Defender fleet…

AlexS
AlexS
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

All new AW-101 have the CT7 (Norway, Poland and Italy)

The RTM will be out of scene since the new Apaches have the T700 also CT7 family.
So this would mean a streamlined engine line and not the contrary.

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  AlexS

How is this applicable to the UK Alex?
Presumably, the UK would have to to commit to the 149 first, at ‘huge’ expensive, then commit to a re engined and refubished Merlin fleet?

All ‘great’ news for Leanardo and their share holders, not so much for the UK, or the defence budget….

As Angus pointed out, there is enough AH64D models being be retired to provide considerable RTM engine support for the Merlin fleet to keep it going to well into the 2030’s.

Tim
Tim
2 months ago

5 of them did 2 passes over Grasmere late this morning

Rob
Rob
2 months ago

There has to be a reason to do that. The USAF are practising for something. Who knows what it is??

Wullie B
Wullie B
2 months ago

Maybe the pilot thought he would see Batman in Gotham Glasgow

Stc
Stc
2 months ago

Probably be better off flying low over Kiev and indeed with some Tornadoes for company ” a stitch in time saves nine” Sure the US air force is up for it, unfortunately Joe’s a sleep.

geoff
geoff
2 months ago
Reply to  Stc

Does any Nato Air Force still fly Tornadoes? Or did you mean Typhoons Stc?

Matt
Matt
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Germany, Italy, Saudi says wiki.

Thanks to the German Defence Minister at the time not taking any decisions, the Germans are still deciding what to replace them with.

Will have Tornados (or a gap) until 2030.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/01/10/new-german-government-revisits-tornado-replacement-options/

Last edited 2 months ago by Matt
Armchair Admiral
Armchair Admiral
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Yes, they are waiting for Tempest……
AA

Emjay
Emjay
2 months ago

Or more broom handles.

geoff
geoff
2 months ago

An amazing aircraft and still a potent symbol. When it entered service in the 1970’s it was way ahead of its rivals as an all round air superiority and attack asset. It is interesting to note that some Air National Guard units operate Eagles-imagine having a Reserve Unit piloted by part timers of this calibre!

Mr Mark Franks
Mr Mark Franks
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

When the F15 first came into service she was known as the hanger Queen, so advanced was she, even now after 100hrs of flight time the F15 is wheeled in for an endoscope check.

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
2 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Hawaii & Virginia ANG units now fly F22s … 😲

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

F15s are always low over my house, they go where the visibility is good and air space clear. Nothing unusual really.

Jay R
Jay R
2 months ago

F15EX. A step backwards for the USAF?

Monty
Monty
2 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

The Air National Guard squadrons that are primarily assigned to Air Defense don’t need to operate the F-35. F-15EX is a side step for those units. An easy conversion from the F-15C.

Paul T
Paul T
2 months ago
Reply to  Jay R

The way i see it is that the F35A is the Silver Bullet to the F15EX’s Sledgehammer.

Steven Alfred Rake
Steven Alfred Rake
2 months ago

I live near the Wash in North Norfolk and the F15’s are giving an air display most days over the last few weeks with mock dog fights occasionally joined by a pair of Typhoons. Just across the water the Apaches have been hammering the targets in Holbeach ranges for some time now.

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
2 months ago

Hi Steven, I have noticed more fast jet and helicopter activity in our neck of the woods as well (South West). It seems NATO / US may be getting some extra training in just in case… If that is indeed the case then it confirms that NATO is not only reaching out to help Ukraine, but is also looking to it’s own defences as well. First indication was Denmark and Sweden (the latter not NATO obviously) deploying troops onto islands in the Baltic. Overall there is a real increase in tension. I bet the Baltic states are getting pretty nervous… Read more »

Steven Alfred Rake
Steven Alfred Rake
2 months ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Well Nato has never been so week as it is right now so if it is going to happen I should think it will be soon.

Mark B
Mark B
2 months ago

Our american cousins have no sense of direction. Don’t know the difference between the UK and Ukraine. East / West or North / South haven’t a clue and they are probably blaming the height thing on 5G. 😀.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
2 months ago

Sharpening their skills no doubt for what’s to come if all else fails. “The talks between the two diplomats came just a day after Russia unveiled plans for naval drills involving more than 140 warships and more than 60 aircraft, seen as a show of strength. Several European nations have now moved to bolster Nato’s military deployment in eastern Europe. Spain is sending warships to join Nato naval forces in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, and Denmark also said it would send a frigate to the Baltic Sea. French President Emmanuel Macron has offered to send troops to Romania.”… Read more »

Frank62
Frank62
2 months ago

I miss the frequent fly-overs by many RAF/USAF jets during the cold war from the 1960’s-90’s. It’s rare indeed now to see any warplanes except the occasional Apache gunship. I even miss the whiney A-10s from Woodbridge & Bentwaters.

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank62

It appears the battle lines are drawn, NATO countries providing direct lethal support for the Ukraine is absolutely establishing the line in the sand! We are committed, so who blinks first? I actually think little big man Putin has overplayed his hand, he thought we would fall back and agree to his demands, we haven’t….. He’s pushed Russia to the brink of war in an act of bravado and Will have to accept the consequences of his actions…. I hope he will have a tragic and unexpected ‘heart attack’ in the Kremlin soon, or other such knife in the back… Read more »

Frank62
Frank62
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Let’s hope a wise & robust response from the West stops any incursion for the good of both Ukraine & Russia. Dangerous times.

Keith Chalk
Keith Chalk
2 months ago

Try living near Norwich, not a day goes by without the very loud roar of jet engines. They don’t just fly past but seem to go round one round, the noise is deafening sometimes. Roll on peace and quiet