48th Fighter Wing F-35s deploy to NATO’s Eastern Flank

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Four U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., began operations at Lask Air Base, Poland, April 1, 2024, as part of the U.S.’s continued support to safeguarding NATO’s Eastern Flank.

The aircraft replaced four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing, based at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to continue integration with NATO Allies. The deployment underscores the U.S.’s steadfast relationships with Allies and partners across Europe.

Operating from forward locations allows U.S. Air Force Airmen to live, train, and operate alongside European counterparts while enabling NATO’s collective defense capabilities. This capability is critical for a timely and coordinated response, if and when called upon.

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