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The serial numbers of the six F-35A deployed to Lakenheath:

https://theaviationist.com/2017/04/16/here-are-first-u-s-air-force-f-35as-landing-at-raf-lakenheath-for-their-first-european-deployment/

 

 

News reports update, 8xF-35A (Not 6?) from the active-duty 34th Fighter Squadron and Reserve 466th Fighter Squadron of Hill deployed in UK Lakenheath and 2xF-35A later in Amari, Estonia in April 2017:

http://www.defensenews.com/articles/is-estonia-the-f-35s-next-stop-in-europe

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USS Essex LHD-2 returns to sea on May 3, 2017, with added F-35B capability, the third big-deck ship with that capability (The others are very probably USS America LHA-6 and USS Wasp LHD-1, to be deployed this year first time operationally with 6, 10 or 16xF-35B):

http://navaltoday.com/2017/05/08/f-35b-ready-uss-essex-returns-to-sea/

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F-22A Raptors at Elmendorf are apparently still flying with their Luneberg lenses when on alert duty, and probably when they were flying over Syria as well.

 

Which makes one wonder, if and when a stealthy jet like the F-22A or F-35 is called upon to fully require its low observable capability while flying against a capable foe (e.g. Russia or China), does this mean that their stealth has forever been compromised from that forward? ;)

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