Eielson [AFB, ALASKA] supporters await F-35s decision

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Unread post24 Aug 2013, 16:19

Eielson supporters await F-35s decision 24 Aug 2013 Sam Friedman
"FAIRBANKS — The F-35 Lighting II is a flashy prize for whatever community is chosen to host it in the Pacific region....

...the Air Force has said it intends to put the next group of F-35s in the Asia Pacific region, which puts Eielson Air Force Base among a smaller group of U.S. basing candidates.

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General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of the Pacific Air Forces, launched a wave of fresh speculation about F-35 basing last month when he told a group of journalists in Washington, D.C., that Eielson likely would make the short list for the F-35.

Among the nine Pacific bases, Carlisle said Eielson would likely rank among the top four, along with bases in Korea and Japan. He was speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Defense Writers Group on July 29.

“Eielson fares very well, mostly because of the training space, the range. JPARC (the Joint Pacific Alaska Range) is an outstanding range. The infrastructure is already there and available, so the MilCon (military construction) to build is lower. And it’s part of the Pacific in that it can get to Northeast Asia rapidly and it also has the ability, obviously, to travel in the rest of the Asia Pacific area.

“The challenge obviously with Alaska is location,” he said. “For some places, for the Koreans and the Japanese it’s very easy to get there and participate and for us to go the other direction. South and West is a little bit more of a challenge.

“Then of course the winters.”..."

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Unread post24 Aug 2013, 17:32

Eielson AFB to the North Pole is 2815km. CFB Cold Lake to NP is 3955km. Eielson is 1140km further north than Cold Lake is.

Here's hoping that Eielson wins. It'd be funny to see how Canadian F-35 critics react. Probably something about the USAF risking the lives of its pilot in the Arctic.
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Unread post24 Aug 2013, 23:15

cantaz wrote:Eielson AFB to the North Pole is 2815km. CFB Cold Lake to NP is 3955km. Eielson is 1140km further north than Cold Lake is.

Here's hoping that Eielson wins. It'd be funny to see how Canadian F-35 critics react. Probably something about the USAF risking the lives of its pilot in the Arctic.


The US has more airports, that is their reasoning. :roll:
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Unread post05 Feb 2015, 02:25

Wasn't sure if this has been posted.

http://hosted2.ap.org/AKKEN/00873362e3a ... 73eb6b75ec

Budget proposal includes Eielson F-35 simulators

Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A request for $37 million for construction of an F-35 flight simulator facility at Eielson Air Force Base is included in President Obama's proposed budget.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/HcWt6w) reports the budget item would be to prepare for arrival of 48 F-35A fighter jets to Eielson in 2020.

Congress has final say on the budget. But the proposal is seen by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office as optimistic.

The Alaska Republican's spokesman, Matthew Felling, says a budget represents bottom-line discussions and "it's clear the military's long-term budget has Eielson on track for the F-35s."
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Unread post05 Apr 2016, 00:21

Eielson Selected To Receive Operational F-35A Aircraft
U.S. Air Force Public Affairs // April 04, 2016

Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was selected as the new home for the Air Force’s first operational overseas F-35A Lightning IIs.

Air Force officials chose Eielson AFB after a lengthy analysis of the location’s operational considerations, installation attributes, environmental factors and cost.

“Alaska combines a strategically important location with a world-class training environment. Basing the F-35s at Eielson AFB will allow the Air Force the capability of using the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) for large force exercises using a multitude of ranges and maneuver areas in Alaska,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "This, combined with the largest airspace in the Air Force, ensures realistic combat training for the (Defense Department).”.

Proximity to the JPARC will enable the Air Force to take advantage of approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace for realistic, world-class training in the Air Force’s most advanced fifth-generation fighter.

The decision culminates a three-year process that included an extensive environmental impact statement that examined impacts on such factors as air quality, noise, land use and socioeconomics.

"The decision to base two F-35 squadrons at Eielson AFB, Alaska, combined with the existing F-22 Raptors at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, will double our fifth-generation fighter aircraft presence in the Pacific theater," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. "Integrating that fifth-generation force with Navy, Marine, and allied F-35 forces will provide joint and coalition warfighters unprecedented survivability, lethality and battlespace awareness in contested environments. It's an exciting time for Pacific airpower."

The base is projected to receive two squadrons of F-35As, which will join the wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcon aggressor squadron currently assigned to Eielson AFB.

On-base construction to prepare for the aircraft is expected to start in fiscal year 2017 in order to be ready to accept the first F-35As, which are currently scheduled to begin arriving in 2020

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Unread post01 Aug 2016, 01:01

Be realistic and optimistic about F-35s: Critics, budgets and politics could influence the number of aircraft for Eielson

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The announcement could come next month, according to the general who leads the Air Force’s Air Combat Command.

The decision is of interest to Fairbanks because two squadrons — 54 F-35s in all — are to be stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, with the first of the aircraft expected to arrive in 2020. Congress recently agreed on $295 million in F-35 related construction for Eielson for the coming fiscal year, which begins in October...

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Unread post01 Aug 2016, 04:18

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Unread post01 Aug 2016, 16:33

This is good news for the Canadians since Fairbanks is closer to Alert, Ellesmere Island, than Cold Lake, so we have their far North covered. They don't need a two engine fighter to deal with that any more. They can get F-35's now ... :D :D

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PS If the Eielson F-35's are busy, it's okay since the Danes will have them covered from Greenland ... with their ... uuum ... single engine F-35's .... so the Canadians don't need two engines after all ... whew! ... that's great news!
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Unread post06 Oct 2017, 05:07

USAF sending one F-35A to Eielson AFB for testing

Read more at http://alert5.com/2017/10/06/usaf-sendi ... JEEkVgr.99


Yes I saw it was posted earlier.
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Unread post06 Oct 2017, 05:18

Posted earlier - mebbe drag chute queen - or mebbe not: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=16480&p=377755&hilit=queen#p377755
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Unread post13 Oct 2019, 00:33

Eielson reactivates fighter squadron ahead of F-35′s arrival

In preparation for the arrival of the first of its F-35s next spring, Eielson Air Force Base has reactivated the 356th Fighter Squadron and named its new commander.

Lt. Col. James Christensen will lead the 356th, the first of two combat fighter squadrons coming to the base, according to an Oct. 10 news release. The first of 54 F-35 Lightning IIs is scheduled to arrive in April 2020, with the rest following over two years. A number of personnel dedicated to the F-35s have already arrived.

“The 356th FS is reactivating to bring F-35As out to the Pacific Theater,” Christensen said in the news release. “Looking back at the squadron history, the 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron was previously stationed in the Pacific for both the Vietnam conflict and to defend Korea and Japan out of Kunsan Air Base and Misawa Air Base, respectively. We are excited to bring the squadron back to the INDOPACOM theater...

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Unread post18 Oct 2019, 13:12

With respect to the eastern seaboard..

We have F-35's on the way to Burlington, VT. F-22's in Langley, VA. And F-35's in FL (although I think those are training squadrons?). What do you guys think of another 2 squadrons of F-35's in MA? We currently fly F-15C's which are responsible for air defense of the northeast. What's more likely?

F-15EX goes through, and those replace MA air guard F-15C's or..
F-35's replace the F-15C's?

I only ask because MA F-15C's are frequently deployed overseas to partake in various missions around the globe. If that's true, why not replace them with much more capable F-35's? I'm sure the F-15EX will be very capable, far moreso than the F-15C. But let's be honest - no comparison to the F-35.

Is the F-15EX a done deal, or can it be stopped after producing only the 8 currently funded?
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Unread post20 Nov 2019, 02:07

The Air Force put some guys in a freezer to test out new Arctic survival gear for F-35 pilots

Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska - US airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing tested a new arctic survival kit for the F-35A Lightning II in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska, November 5.

A team of airmen from the 356th Fighter Squadron, F-35 Program Integration Office, 354th Operation Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment and 66th Training Squadron, Detachment 1, used a subzero chamber to replicate the extreme temperatures of interior Alaska.

The test was performed because the current arctic survival kit won't fit in the allotted space under the seat of an F-35A. The 354th FW is expecting to receive its first F-35A in April of 2019.

"We are testing the kit that Tech. Sgt. John Williams, Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Ferguson and myself have developed over the last year in preparation for the integration of the F-35," said Tech. Sgt. Garret Wright, 66th TS, Det. 1 Arctic Survival School noncommissioned officer in charge of operations...

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Unread post20 Nov 2019, 03:16

Great reporting MSN, please learn to fact check your story since the F-35A won't arrive until April 2020 NOT 2019!
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