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Eielson rapidly launches 12 F-35As

Twelve F-35A Lightning IIs form up prior to take off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The 354th Fighter Wing conducted Arctic Gold 21-1, a Phase I readiness exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy it’s F-35A fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

Twelve F-35A Lightning IIs form up prior to take off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The 354th Fighter Wing conducted Arctic Gold 21-1, a Phase I readiness exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy it’s F-35A fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron prepares to taxi at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The 354th Fighter Wing launched 12 F-35As consecutively marking a first for the wing and the U.S. Pacific Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron prepares to taxi at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The 354th Fighter Wing launched 12 F-35As consecutively marking a first for the wing and the U.S. Pacific Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

Twelve F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron line up on the flightline during Arctic Gold 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020.

Twelve F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron line up on the flightline during Arctic Gold 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Alaska is one of the most strategic locations in the world and will be home to the highest concentration of fifth generation aircraft in the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, prepares to taxi during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020.

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, prepares to taxi during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The 354th Fighter Wing conducted Arctic Gold 21-1, a Phase I readiness exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy it’s F-35A fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing form up prior to take off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Alaska is one of the most strategic locations in the world and will be home to the highest concentration of fifth generation aircraft in the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing form up prior to take off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Alaska is one of the most strategic locations in the world and will be home to the highest concentration of fifth generation aircraft in the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, takes off during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The F-35A is a fifth-generation multi-role fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Department of Defense along with 11 other partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, takes off during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The F-35A is a fifth-generation multi-role fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Department of Defense along with 11 other partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, takes off during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Arctic Gold 21-1 is a Phase I readiness exercise meant to prepare Eielson Airmen for a rapid mobilization of the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, takes off during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Arctic Gold 21-1 is a Phase I readiness exercise meant to prepare Eielson Airmen for a rapid mobilization of the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, takes off during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The F-35As at Eielson are strategically placed in Alaska to support the Pacific Theater and deter near-peer adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, takes off during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The F-35As at Eielson are strategically placed in Alaska to support the Pacific Theater and deter near-peer adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Twelve F-35A Lightning IIs form up prior to take off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The 354th Fighter Wing conducted Arctic Gold 21-1, a Phase I readiness exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy it’s F-35A fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)