Construction work has finally begun at RAF Lakenheath home to the USAF‘s 48th Tactical Fighter Wing.
The start was marked with a ceremony attended by senior representatives from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the aforementioned resident Fighter Wing and contractors Kier and VolkerFitzpatrick.
The $160 million construction project will create several new structures including a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit and new hangars as well as storage facilities.
The new F-35A aircraft this is all being created for are expected to arrive in 2021 and RAF Lakenheath will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35’s in Europe.
The commander of the USAF 48th Fighter Wing, Colonel Will Marshall, said:
“This ceremony is an exciting milestone for the Liberty Wing as we prepare this installation to welcome two squadrons of F-35A Lighting II aircraft and supporting personnel. Breaking ground on this project takes us one step closer to becoming a more lethal and ready force as U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s premier combat wing.”