The 355th Fighter Squadron, first created in 1942, is one of the units that will receive more F-35s over the coming months. The unit is part of the 354th Fighter Wing, based at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, which is slotted to get no less than 54 such planes by the end of next year.
You can see three of them going down the frozen runway of the said base, single file, in a photo captured earlier this month and recently made public by the USAF. These three are seen taxing on the runway, in from of a small crowd of cargo planes, “upon initial delivery” to the said base.
The F-35A is a single-seater fighter jet powered by a single Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine capable of developing 43,000 lbf of thrust with the afterburner burning hot. It is slower than some other American military aircraft, reaching a top speed of Mach 1.6, but its stealth capabilities more than make up for the difference.
At the time of writing, there are a total of about 730 F-35s in operation, deployed by America, but also by about 16 of its allied nations, including Australia, Italy, and Israel.