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

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Unread post08 Apr 2021, 17:21

steve2267 wrote:
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Boing, cough..., Boing


FIFY


There was no pun intended in my last post but on the other hand Boeing is looking more and more a Boing instead of a Boeing :wink:
“Active stealth” is what the ignorant nay sayers call ECM and pretend like it’s new.
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Unread post09 Apr 2021, 14:25

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So, what are the reason we're buying the F-15EX again??? :?


Well you have to admit, it sure looks pretty...

Also, you see those cool looking sawtooth edges on the horizontal stabilizers? The F-35 doesn't have those... :mrgreen:
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Unread post09 Apr 2021, 17:32

Cue Drum Roll: The F-15EX Eagle II
07 Apr 2021 Theresa Hitchens

"...The Air National Guard will be the first to receive an operational aircraft, said director Lt. Gen. Mike Loh at today’s unveiling ceremony at Eglin AFB in Florida. Loh said that the F 15C now used by the Guard “quite frankly, … at the end of its lifecycle.” Therefore, the service plans to “recapitalize all Air National Guard, F-15 Cs and DS with either the F-35 A or the F-15EX.”

The Guard, Loh noted, “flies 93% of Homeland Defense missions” and that the new jet’s capabilities will provide “significant” improvements over legacy planes, such as an “upgrade in weapons capacity, including the ability to carry outsize weapons for these missions, and for standoff roles in the high-end fight supporting our geographic Combatant Commanders.”

Indeed, the new F-15EX jets are sorely needed, according to Richardson.

“The F-15 C and D fleets, in their current state, places us at great risk,” he said, “with 75% of the fleet flying beyond its certified service life, and 10% grounded due to structural integrity issues. Projected modernization and service life extension of the F-15 C and D fleets is cost prohibitive for a platform with an average age of over 37 years.”..."

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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 15:37

Has USAF said what they're going to do with the "Golden Eagle" birds? If memory serves, they had top shelf AN/APG-63V3 radars and other goodies installed. I'm not sure how that compares to the radar going into the F-15EX, but I recall reading more than once how it was the best radar flying today. Moreso even than the Raptor's AN/APG-77.

Anyway, I wish USAF would decide what remaining ANG units will get the F-15EX (or F-35). Have been on pins and needles up here in the Northeast, can't lose either way... :D
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Unread post02 Oct 2021, 06:42

U.S. Air Force activates first Europe-based F-35A Squadron
01 Oct 2021 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

"ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- The 48th Fighter Wing has reactivated the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe F-35A squadron. The 495th Fighter Squadron, nicknamed as the “Valkyries,” was activated at exactly 8:49 and 50 seconds, Friday morning, 30 years to the day since its designation as a fighter squadron.

The first F-35A is scheduled to arrive at RAF Lakenheath later this year. The base was selected to host the first U.S. F-35A squadrons in Europe based on very close ties with the Royal Air Force, existing infrastructure, and combined training opportunities. Additionally, the U.K. is a critical component in training and combat readiness for U. S. Air Forces in Europe due to its excellent airspace and F-35 program partnership.

Lt. Col. Ian D. McLaughlin has assumed command as the first commander since the squadron’s inactivation in 1991. “Today is an exciting day. There has been a great deal of work done to get us this far, but there’s a lot more that needs to be done prior to getting jets this winter. The 495th has a proud history and we’re excited to take the guidon forward to start building the foundation for first USAF F-35As stationed in Europe.”

The new F-35 squadron will consist of 27 aircraft and roughly 60 personnel."

Photo and video footage, and additional information are available at http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/48fwpa.

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Unread post03 Oct 2021, 01:08

Air Force Activates First F-35 Squadron in Europe Ahead of Fighters’ Arrival
01 Oct 2021 Greg Hadley

"...Lt. Col. Ian D. McLaughlin assumed command of the 495th on Oct. 1. The squadron will be nicknamed the Valkyries, after the female figures in Norse mythology who choose who will live or die in battle.

...With American F-35s arriving in Europe for the first time, the Air Force will be able to integrate and operate with its partners in the region, who also operate the F-35, like never before, [U.S. Air Forces in Europe boss Gen. Jeffrey L.] Harrigian said at the AFA conference.

“We’ve already got some pretty good plans as we start thinking about how we leverage that capability, particularly with many of our partners that already have F-35s in the theater. I really think it’ll be a truly important step as we continue to demonstrate the importance that the F-35 has baked into it from an interoperability perspective,” Harrigian said.

A number of American allies and partners have already received F-35s from Lockheed Martin, including the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Israel. Switzerland announced in June that it would buy the stealth fighter as well.

NATO Supreme Allied Commander Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, speaking at an event in June, predicted that between the U.S. and its allies and partners, there will be 450 F-35s in Europe by 2030.

Source: https://www.airforcemag.com/air-force-a ... in-europe/

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Unread post23 Nov 2021, 00:56

Europe-Based U.S. Air Force Squadron Readies For F-35 Arrival
22 Nov 2021 Tony Osborne
Two squadrons at RAF Lakenheath will fly a total of 54 F-35s
495th Fighter Sqdn. should have full F-35 complement by the third quarter of 2022


"...Training will get underway within days of the F-35s’ December arrival, says the 495th’s commander, Lt. Col. Ian McLaughlin, as the squadron aims to build a closer working relationship with regional allies already flying the aircraft. Plans call for regular deployments and exchanges among the F-35 operators around Europe.

“On Night 1, we [will be ready] to fight together, so we need to train together on a regular basis,” McLaughlin tells Aviation Week.

The most obvious partner will be the UK, as its F-35 fleet is based just 29 mi. “down the road” at RAF Marham. McLaughlin, who served as director of operations at Hill AFB, Utah, says, “they are so close, it’s an opportunity we cannot miss from the get-go.”

The 495th pilots will use the simulators at Marham to support their training until Lakenheath’s training facilities are fully up and running....

...Current plans call for basing 54 F-35As at Lakenheath split between two squadrons, the 495th and the 493rd, which currently fly McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagles. Also at Marham are 21 British F-35s; another 27 are on order, and more are likely to follow. McLaughlin sees opportunities to work with the Norwegian, Dutch and Italian F-35 communities, too....

...Normally, air force squadrons have a complement of 24 aircraft, described as Primary Aircraft Assigned. An additional six jets are considered backup inventory, should one of the units lose an aircraft to depot maintenance or upgrades, ensuring there will always be 24 aircraft available in the squadron and available to combatant commanders.

Both Lakenheath F-35 squadrons are expected to have all their aircraft by the end of March 2024. Although the F-15C will be divested, the base will continue to be home to two squadrons of F-15E Strike Eagles and will be just one of two bases—along with Eielson AFB, Alaska—that will be home to both F-35s and a fourth-generation fighter fleet....

...“All the commanders see the basing of fourth- and fifth-generation fighters as an opportunity to integrate. We will fly with each other a lot more,” McLaughlin says.

With the arrival of the F-35, personnel numbers at Lakenheath will swell by an additional 1,200, many of whom will be maintainenance and support staff. McLaughlin’s pilots include a mix of F-35 veterans and pilots fresh out of training at Luke AFB, Arizona. While the pilots will be prepared for a wide variety of missions, the squadrons’ primary roles are offensive counter air and suppression of enemy air defense missions...."

Photo: "With the arrival of the F-35 (pictured), RAF Lakenheath will be one of the few bases flying both fourth- and fifth-generation fighters. Credit: Mikaela Maschmeier/Lockheed Martin" https://aviationweek.com/sites/default/ ... _promo.jpg


Source: https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/ ... 35-arrival
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Unread post23 Nov 2021, 01:36

Finally official..........(about time)
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