“First it gives us a look at the future of the 48th Fighter Wing.
In 2021 RAF Lakenheath will have the privilege of welcoming the first [US] F-35A aircraft permanently stationed overseas.
General Tod Wolters, Commander of the US Air Forces in Europe, said: “The F-35’s deployment to Europe was planned to maximise training, strengthen the alliance and enhance NATO’s deterrent policy. The deployment will assist us in refining and fine tuning the 35A.
The Lightning II’s home away from home is here.”Speaking at a ceremony to welcome the jets and operational staff from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the US ambassador Lewis Lukens said the aircraft at Lakenheath was a clear demonstration of the United States’ commitment to NATO.
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Speaking at a ceremony to welcome the jets and operational staff from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Colonel Evan Pettus, Commander of the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, said: “As an airman there is nothing more exciting then seeing a new aircraft show up on your flight line.
But this weekend’s arrival of the F-35A is significant for many reasons.
At the time, the US were moving into strategically-located bases in friendly countries around the world in order to keep the Soviet Union in check.
Almost 4,500 servicemen and women, supported by nearly 2,000 British and American civilians, work for the wing, which includes a separate base at nearby RAF Feltwell.
The base is home to F-15 fighter planes, as well as Pave Hawk helicopters, which are used for both humanitarian and military missions including civil search and rescue, medical evacuation and disaster response.
The results of the EIC announced in Washington on Jan. Air Force operations at Lajes Field in the Portuguese Azores island chain will also be downsized, European Command (EUCOM) said. The Defense Department says the EIC and F-35 basing decisions will result in a net decrease of about 2,000 U. Two squadrons, each with 24 F-35As, will be based at Lakenheath, eventually replacing two squadrons of Strike Eagles and a single unit of F-15Cs currently based there. The assumptions made about stealth being more important than performance or weapons capacity have been shown to be utterly wrong; our potential adversaries now have the technology to detect the F-35 and take it out from long range.
Army facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, with a total of 15 sites closing. Both Alconbury and Molesworth are due to close in 2022. It was approved by senior officers who wanted to reduce infrastructure costs without impacting manpower, which currently stands at 67,000 personnel from all the U. The closure of Mildenhall alone is expected to save the DOD around 5 million a year. away, would provide "opportunities for training and wider support partnerships, including flight training simulation." Gen. With the savings from closing Mildenhall, the Air Force can maybe buy a single F35 per year. So three highly capable and effective squadrons of F-15s will be replaced with 2 squadrons of semi-functional, unreliable, more costly, and less-capable F-35s. :-) One can only hope that the Do D will come to its senses and scrap the entire F-35 programme.