Front and center, we’ve got an F-35 Lightning II, and then we get some more of them in the rows that follow. Interlaced, we are treated to F-16 Fighting Falcons, looking just as potent and fresh as their much younger companions.
All of these fighter planes are deployed with the 354th Fighter Wing based at the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The tankers, on the other hand, belong to the Air National Guard’s 168th Wing, stationed at the same base.
The location has been around since 1943, and is responsible with conducting a wide range of missions in the Pacific, from offensive to interdiction and air support to training.
The needs of the base were until recently served by F-16s, with the 354th Fighter Wing involved “in every major conflict in which the United States” has been part of, except Korea. As of 2020, the unit started getting its hands on F-35s, and it eventually hopes to field a small army of over 50 of them.
The planes lined up on the runway of the Eielson military installation back in December 2021, as a “demonstration of the wing’s ability to rapidly generate combat airpower.”