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48th FW / OG

Based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, the 48th Fighter Wing, also known as the Statue of Liberty Wing, is the only USAF wing with both a number and a name. The flying component of the 48th FW is known as the 48th Operations Group (48 OG).

The 48FW formed at Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base, France, on the 10th July, 1952. The unit has become one of the premier fighter wings of the United States Air Forces, spending over 50 years as part of USAFE.
The 48 FW has nearly 5,700 active-duty military members, 2,000 British and U.S. civilians, and includes a Geographically Separate Unit (GSU) at nearby RAF Feltwell.

The 48 FW comprises of two combat-ready squadrons of F-15E Strike Eagles and one fighter squadron of F-15C/D Eagle aircraft. In addition, the Liberty Wing also is home to the 56th Rescue Squadron. The 56th RQS operate the HH-60G Combat Search and Rescue helicopters.