Construction projects to house F-35 Lightning 11 at RAF Lakenheath discussed
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Although it is tucked away in the Suffolk countryside, RAF Lakenheath is the future home of American combat air power in Europe.
With the F-35 Lightning II coming to the airbase, contractors and military members have held a week-long conversation to discuss the future construction projects needed to house the two new Joint Strike Fighter squadrons.
The squadrons are set to arrive in 2021 with demolition work scheduled to begin in 2018 followed by construction of new facilities in 2019.
Lt. Col William Vause, 48th Fighter Wing F-35 program integration office chief, said: 'Bedding down the F-35 at RAF Lakenheath is going to require a tremendous amount of effort from multiple agencies. Communication, collaboration and understanding of timelines are going to be required.'
The requirements needed for the facilities which were discussed will be used by the contractors to create a planning document.