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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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Three B-52 bombers returned to their home base in Louisiana on Sunday after a short deployment at Eielson Air Force Base, where they were used for training missions over the Beaufort Sea and Sea of Japan. Air Force officials say the B-52s were deployed to Eielson to demonstrate that the base can be used to launch long-range missions to just about anywhere around the Pacific Ocean and Asia.

Eielson AFB

Eielson Air Force Base officials will oversee a new contract that will pay for up to $350 million worth of maintenance on roads and airfields at all four Air Force and Army installations around the Interior over the next seven years. And four of the five contractors that will do the work are based in Fairbanks and North Pole.

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Updated: Three fighter jets from Eielson Air Force Base will offer an aerial tribute Friday to first-responders dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. An F-16 and two F-35s with the 354th Fighter Wing will fly over Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the downtown area Friday morning between 10 a.m. and noon. Eielson officials said Wednesday the event tentatively is scheduled to begin around 11:30.

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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.


Apr 22, 2020

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F-35s Come Today

Apr 21, 2020

The first two of 54 F-35 fighter jets coming to Eielson Air Force Base are expected to land at the Interior installation this afternoon, Tuesday, April 21.  The landing, which will be preceded by flyover of the area, marks the culmination of a decade-plus-long effort to bring the 5th generation fighters to Eielson.



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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.