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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Unread post16 Feb 2021, 10:06

U.S. Air Force names first overseas-based F-35A Squadron [VALKYRIES! why be so coy burying the LEAD!] :doh:
16 Feb 2021 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

"ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- The 48th Fighter Wing selected a new nickname for the first U.S. Air Force overseas-based F-35A squadron. The wing solicited help from the public to name the unit. 700 different suggestions were originally submitted in the fall of 2020, and narrowed down to five finalists. In December, thousands of votes were cast in opinion polls, and the Liberty Wing collectively decided that the 495th Fighter Squadron will be called the “Valkyries,” besting four other choices – Archangels, Sabres, Sentinels, and Swordsmen.

In Norse mythology, Valkyries are female figures who choose those that will live, or die, in battle. RAF Lakenheath is in the East of England, an area with extensive Viking and Norse history. Additionally, the 495th Fighter Squadron motto: “Mala Ipsa Nova” in Latin, means “Bad News Itself.” Both factors, emphasize “Valkyries” as an extremely suitable nickname for the U.K.-based unit.

“‘Valkyries’ epitomizes the force’s move toward more inclusivity and equally represents the fifth-generation stealth fighter’s air superiority,” said Lt. Col. Ian McLaughlin, the incoming 495 FS commander. “I am honored to be the first commander of the initial U.S. Air Force overseas-based F-35A unit. Like the Valkyries themselves, they’ll be vital to determining the fate of our adversaries in the battlefield.” The first F-35As are scheduled to arrive at RAF Lakenheath in late 2021...."

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Unread post16 Feb 2021, 11:02

Now the question is will the 493rd FS (F-15C) convert to the F-15EX or F-35A? :|
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Unread post17 Feb 2021, 06:07

I guess this OLD patch will be updated? Went looking..... https://www.scramble.nl/images/news/202 ... 95_TFS.jpg
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Unread post25 Feb 2021, 15:55

F-111's :shock:
https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/val ... n-1.662371
'Valkyries' is the new nickname for the Air Force's England-bound F-35 squadron
By KYLE ALVAREZ | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 16, 2021
RAF LAKENHEATH, England — The Air Force’s first overseas-based F-35A squadron will be nicknamed the “Valkyries,” for the mythological Norse women who chose who would live or die in battle, the 48th Fighter Wing said Tuesday.
“’Valkyries’ epitomizes the force’s move toward more inclusivity and equally represents the fifth-generation stealth fighter’s air superiority,” said Lt. Col. Ian McLaughlin, the incoming commander of the the 495th Fighter Squadron, which is expected to arrive at Lakenheath later this year.

“I am honored to be the first commander of the initial U.S. Air Force overseas-based F-35A unit. Like the Valkyries themselves, they’ll be vital to determine the fate of our adversaries in the battlefield,” he said.
The formidable Norse women who are often pictured wearing winged headdresses were the subject of German composer Richard Wagner’s “Flight of the Valkyries,” which was part of the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War film, “Apocalypse Now.”

The name, which literally means “chooser of the fallen or slain,” beat out 700 other suggested monikers in a selection process that began last fall and asked the public to help choose a winner.
Valkyries was one of just five names that were still in the running in December, together with Archangels, Sabres, Sentinels and Swordsmen.

Possible influences on the choice of Valkyries over the other four include that RAF Lakenheath is in a part of England that’s steeped in Norse and Viking history, and that F-35A pilots are said to have the power to control the skies.
The nickname given to the 495th Fighter Squadron’s predecessor, the 495th Tactical Fighter squadron, which flew F-111 Aardvarks out of Lakenheath during the Cold War, was ruled out for the new unit.

They were known as the “Thundervarks,” a name that “doesn’t really have the same stick” for a squadron of fifth-generation F-35s, 48th Fighter Wing spokesman Master Sgt. Matthew Plew told Stars and Stripes in September.
The Valkyries will have about 24 aircraft and 50 personnel, with another 600 or so associated with its aircraft maintenance unit, base officials said. Lakenheath is expected to eventually host two F-35 squadrons.

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