US Air Force base in Europe receives first F-35A fighter jets

US Air Force base in Europe receives first F-35A fighter jets

The US Air Force (USAF) has announced that its base at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath in Britain has received the first delivery of F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

According to a press statement released by the service on Wednesday, the planes landed at Lakenheath, located about seventy miles northeast of London, on December 15, making it the first base of the USAF in Europe to receive the high-performance, multi-role fighter jets.  

The fifth-generation fighter jets at the base are the first of 24 aircraft due to be delivered in a phased manner and will belong to the US Air Force’s 495th Fighter Squadron.

General Jeff Harrigian, the commander of US Air Force Central Command, said “Our coalition forces train and fight in the most dynamic theater, requiring the most advanced platforms.”

In 2015, RAF Lakenheath was chosen to host the first US F-35A squadrons in Europe.

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