Construction projects to house F-35 Lightning 11 at RAF Lakenheath discussed

RAF airman from the 48th Fighter Wing discuss F-35 Lightning II building requirements with contracto

RAF airman from the 48th Fighter Wing discuss F-35 Lightning II building requirements with contractors at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier - Credit: Archant

Although it is tucked away in the Suffolk countryside, RAF Lakenheath is the future home of American combat air power in Europe.

The F-35 Lightning which will be stationed at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: Ian Burt

The F-35 Lightning which will be stationed at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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.


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