F-35s Coming to Eielson AFB

The first F-35 Lightning II aircraft are expected to arrive at Eielson AFB in 2020. On April 4, 2016, the Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James signed the record of decision for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) making it official that Eielson Air Force Base will host two squadrons of the latest generation U.S. fighter jet. Thank you to all who supported this process!

UPCOMING & RECENT EVENTS

F-35 NEWS & UPDATES

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F-35 software development to finish by end of 2017

The F-35 Lightning II is nearing completion of its Systems Development and Demonstration phase as the airframe passes 100,000 hours in flight time. Th...READ MORE

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NPR All Things Considered

Alaska Prepares To House F-35 Fighter Jets

The F-35 aircraft is advertised as the best fighter jet ever. It’s also the most expensive. The contractor for the plane is ramping up productio...READ MORE

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Americas Defense Communities January 2017

2017 Great American Defense Communities showcased

The Great American Defense Community Program program was designed by the Association of Defense Communities in conjunction with the House and Senate ...READ MORE

FAST FACTS

F-35 LIGHTNING II

The F-35 Lightning II is a new generation of advanced multi-role tactical fighter meant to supplement and eventually phase out aging aircraft for the U.S. and its allies…READ MORE

STRATEGIC LOCATION

Eielson’s strategic proximity to both world-class training grounds and potential deployments fits well with the U.S. renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific…READ MORE 

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE

Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) occupies 63,195 acres southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2013, about 2,500 service members worked at Eielson alongside about 480 civilian employees…READ MORE

EIS PROCESS

Thank you to everyone who commented during the EIS process! The Air Force released its final Environmental Impact Statement for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Operational Beddown – Pacific on March 4, 2016…READ MORE