Squadron of F-35A Air Craft at Klamath Kingsley Field This Week
Photo: Visiting U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II aircraft sit beside 173rd Fighter Wing F-15 Eagles at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore., a photo from there last visit on Oct. 12, 2022. The 63rd Fighter Squadron from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., brought the aircraft for training pilots by utilizing Kingsley’s large and accessible air space. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Copeland)
A squadron of F-35A Lightning II’s from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona is here with the Kingsley Field 173rd Fighter Wing for the next two weeks, arriving on Tuesday, May 9th.
173rd FW Commander Col. Lee Bouma said this will be the second visit from Luke AFB’s F-35s.
Luke AFB came out last fall for two weeks to train out of Kingsley Field. The release warns the additional aircraft and flights will increase aircraft noise throughout the community during this time. Luke AFB is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, an F-35A training wing in Phoenix.
The 173rd FW has an established relationship with the 56th FW. Since 2014, the active association at Kingsley Field, the 550th Fighter Squadron, is a detachment of the 56th Fighter Wing.