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The skies over the Eastern Interior will be busy over the next couple of weeks, as Eielson Air Force Base conducts another round of Red Flag aerial combat training, beginning Saturday. It’ll be the first time that Eielson’s F-35s will participate in the training exercises, which have been hampered this year by the COVID-18 pandemic.

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The first two F-35 fighter jets to be based at Eielson Air Force Base arrived Tuesday afternoon. Over the next year-and-a-half, they’ll be joined by 52 more of the next-generation warplanes and their pilots and crews that’ll all be ready to quickly respond to trouble spots around the Pacific Ocean and Asia.


Preparations are under way at Eielson Air Force Base for the July 13th Arctic Lightning Airshow. It’ll be the first airshow to be held at the base in 11 years – and the first chance area residents will get to see the F-35 fighter up close.

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Eielson Air Force Base opened its doors Tuesday to local, state and federal officials to give them a chance to see an F-35 fighter up close and to learn about its capabilities. The Air Force sent the warplane here for a few weeks for testing in anticipation of the arrival of two squadrons beginning in 2020.


Russian aircraft have buzzed Alaskan and Canadian coastlines at least twice last week. And in response, U.S. and Canadian air forces sent jets to intercept them.