USAF to Reactivate 495th Fighter Squadron as F-35 Unit

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Unread post16 Sep 2020, 04:37

USAF to Reactivate 495th Fighter Squadron as F-35 Unit
15 Sep 2020 Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory

"The Air Force will reactivate its 495th Fighter Squadron to support the F-35 mission at RAF Lakenheath, U.K., 48th Fighter Wing spokesperson Maj. Sybil V. Taunton confirmed to Air Force Magazine via email Sept. 15.

“Overall we will see a plus-up of roughly 1,200 personnel to operate and support two full squadrons of F-35s,” she wrote, noting that the base’s first Joint Strike Fighters are still slated to reach the base late next year.

The 48th Fighter Wing has held off on a formal public announcement about the squadron’s reactivation because it’s on an ongoing search for a squadron mascot, she said. However, she noted, the wing is open to proposals from the aviation-loving public...."

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Unread post16 Sep 2020, 05:12

Interesting............


The Air Force’s First Overseas-Based F-35A Unit Is Revealed And Now It Needs A Name

RAF Lakenheath’s “Liberty Wing” wants you to help name its latest squadron.


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Eventually, the 48th Fighter Wing will host two squadrons of F-35As — a total of 48 aircraft — at Lakenheath. It is likely that the declaration of operational capability for the 495th will lead to the departure of the F-15C/Ds of the 493rd FS from Lakenheath, and that unit will then become the second F-35A unit at the base.


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Unread post16 Sep 2020, 15:59

Call 'em the LaserSharks :roll:
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Unread post16 Sep 2020, 16:10

The "Phantoms" of Liberty
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Unread post17 Sep 2020, 01:55

As for a name why not "The Eagle Squadron". Which, would show homage to both the Brits and Americans that fought side by side against Nazi Germany in the early stages of WWII.


Especially, considering the 495th will be based at Lakenheath in the UK.

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