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!

 

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US F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters sit secured to the deck after their arrival aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. Photo: US Navy via AFP US F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters sit secured to the deck after their arrival aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp.

US Marines have 16 F-35B fighters in Japan to counter N. Korea

The US Marine Corps has finished deploying a full squadron of 16 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters at its air station in Iwakuni, Japan as part of a...READ MORE

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Credit: Royal Norwegian Air Force

F-35 arrivals propel Norwegian air force modernisation

The Royal Norwegian Air Force has conducted its first domestic flights with the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, after a trio of the fifth-generati...READ MORE

Germany Says the F-35 is the “Preferred Choice” to Replace its Tornados

The country’s air force says only a fifth generation design will do, but it’s not clear if that’s a realistic option. Despite a plan...READ MORE

UPCOMING & RECENT EVENTS

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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