Stars and Stripes 13 Jan, 2021 12:30 am

New F-35 squadron at Lakenheath to be nicknamed soon

New F-35 squadron at Lakenheath to be nicknamed soon
A team at the 48th Fighter Wing picked five finalists for the name for its new squadron of F-35As.

The search for a name for the 495th Fighter Squadron, the first F-35 unit that will be based in Europe, is down to five finalists: Archangels, Sabres, Sentinels, Swordsmen and Valkyries.The name will be given to the 495th Fighter Squadron, formerly the 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron, when it’s reactivated later this year.The wing described the significance of each name as follows: Archangels — opposite of the 493rd Fighter Squadron, an F-15C/D squadron at Lakenheath nicknamed “The Grim Reapers”; Sabres and Swordsmen — derived from the sword on the former 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron unit patch; Sentinels — sentry protectors, standing watch; and Valkyries — in Norse mythology, a Valkyrie is a female figure that chooses who lives or dies in battle.But someone else pointed out that the Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 32, which flies the F/A-18F Super Hornet out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.

The former 495th Tactical Fighter squadron, called the “Thundervarks,” flew F-111 Aardvarks out of Lakenheath in England during the Cold War.New F-35 squadron at Lakenheath to be nicknamed soon An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off from RAF Lakenheath, England, in 2017.

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