RAF Lakenheath F35A construction begins

Senior leaders from DIO, US Air Force, Kier and Volker mark the start of construction at RAF Lakenheath. MOD Crown Copyright 2019.

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.”

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