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US, South Korea Begin Massive Military Exercises

The United States and South Korea launched a massive joint military air exercise on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program and recent ballistic missile tests. The five-day Vigilant Ace exercise includes some 12,000 military personnel and 230 aircraft – including…

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‘Dirt Boyz’ assist in F-35A testing

The “Dirt Boyz” of the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron are always on the go; during the summer, they help maintain infrastructure around the base and in the winter they ensure Eielson’s airfield is free of snow and ice. They have an extra job to do…

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USAF commences Pacific deployment of F-35

The US Air Force (USAF) first operational overseas deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is now up and running on the Japanese island of Okinawa, the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) announced on 21 November. Twelve aircraft and more than…

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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 US buildup to counter a military threat from North Korea. The Marine F-35Bs complement a dozen Air…

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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-generation type touched down at its Ørland air base early this month. Oslo’s lead arrivals from an eventually 52-strong fleet of the…

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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 to jointly develop its own fifth generation fighter jet with France, Germany is still very interested in joining the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The…

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House, Senate negotiators agree to add funding for 20 extra F-35s

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defense bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over what President Donald Trump sought, as lawmakers aim to restock what they say is a depleted U.S. military….

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Air Force gives borough mayor F-16 ride-along

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor, Karl Kassel, visited Eielson Air Force Base earlier this month to experience a little bit of what it’s like to fly as an Aggressor pilot. A special invitation from the Commander of the 3-54th Fighter Wing, COLONEL DAVID…

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Air Force F-35s Will Deploy to Asia in November

Days after the F-35A Lightning II touched down in Seoul, South Korea, for the International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, known as Seoul ADEX 2017, the Air Force announced it plans to deploy a dozen of the Joint Strike Fighters to Japan next month. Pacific Air Forces on Monday said approximately 300…

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Southcentral companies get biggest Eielson contracts

FAIRBANKS — The F-35 construction boom at Eielson Air Force base as been good for Alaska businesses this summer, but so far southcentral contractors have beat out Interior Alaska companies to the biggest jobs. To date, six contracts worth $94.5 million have been awarded to prepare…

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