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494 FS Panthers return Home

 photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wood

Welcome home! The 494th Fighter Squadron “Mighty Black Panthers” returned back to RAF Lakenheath, Oct. 26, 2021. Deployed as the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron for 8 monhts in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at the 332nd Expeditionary Wing, the Panthers generated over 1900 sorties and over 8400 hours of combat operations while in theater.

F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron fly in formation prior to landing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wood)
An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron returns from a deployment at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 26, 2021. The 494th FS was deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia for eight-months in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wood)
An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron lands at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wood)
Family and friends await the return of 494th Fighter Squadron personnel from their recent deployment at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 26, 2021. T(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wood)
U.S. Air Force aircrew assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron greets his wife upon returning from deployment at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 26, 2021. While conducting operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Panthers simultaneously flew their F-15E Strike Eagles in support of Operation Final Countdown and Operation Allies Welcome. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wood)
U.S. Air Force aircrew from the 494th Fighter Squadron embraces his wife upon returning from deployment at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wood)

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