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  • 355th AMU conducts first hot pit refueling as an F-35 unit

    U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing perform a hot pit refueling on an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021. Hot pit refueling saves time, manpower and equipment usage by refueling an active aircraft in between flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class
  • Eielson fighters fly south for training, boost interoperability with Alaska partners

    In these uncertain times, day-to-day routines for people across the globe have been upended. There are many things that remain unclear yet even in the face of challenges like a runway closure amidst a global health pandemic the Iceman Team perseveres. The wing closed the runway and flight line for routine maintenance July 8-16 sending the 356th Fighter Squadron and 18th Aggressor Squadron south to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage to continue their flying mission.
  • Eielson Airmen, Fairbanks airport authorities team up for aircraft recovery training

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron lands on the Fairbanks International Airport runway at Fairbanks, Alaska, June 24, 2020. FAI Police and Fire Department personnel covered how to safely recover and shutdown the aircraft as well as how to coordinate operations between Eielson and the airport if an aircraft
  • Eielson F-35As hit 100 sortie milestone

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Samuel Chipman, the 356th Fighter Squadron director of operations, conducts pre-flight checks at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 17, 2020. The flight marked the 100th sortie for Eielson’s F-35As. The first two fifth-generation fighters assigned to Eielson arrived to interior Alaska in April. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • Crew chief dedicated to Eielson’s first F-35s

    In the five years he’s worked as an F-35A Lightning II crew chief Staff Sgt. Christopher Mashek has watched jets land on the flight line hundreds of times. He guides pilots to their parking spots, ensures aircraft maintenance records are up to date and scans jets for needed repairs. On April 21, a routine task for him coincided with a historic moment for the 354th Fighter Wing.
  • 356th AMU takes in first F-35s

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Krutke, an F-35 avionics system craftsman with the 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU), prepares to place chalks for one of the first of two F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation aircraft assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron after its arrival at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 21, 2020. The F-35A, the U.S.
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