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Old 16th Sep 2020, 14:37
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https://www.airforcemag.com/usaf-to-...-as-f-35-unit/

USAF to Reactivate 495th Fighter Squadron as F-35 Unit


The Air Force will reactivate its 495th Fighter Squadron to support the F-35 mission at RAF Lakenheath, U.K., 48th Fighter Wing spokesperson Maj. Sybil V. Taunton confirmed to Air Force Magazine via email Sept. 15.

“Overall we will see a plus-up of roughly 1,200 personnel to operate and support two full squadrons of F-35s,” she wrote, noting that the base’s first Joint Strike Fighters are still slated to reach the base late next year.

The 48th Fighter Wing has held off on a formal public announcement about the squadron’s reactivation because it’s on an ongoing search for a squadron mascot, she said. However, she noted, the wing is open to proposals from the aviation-loving public.

“We were really intending to target our U.K. aviation enthusiast community for ideas, given our location, but we will welcome suggestions from back home in the U.S. as well,” she wrote.

Anyone can submit their ideas via an email to [email protected], or by tweeting the wing @48FighterWing, Taunton wrote.

The 495th Fighter Squadron, which the 48th Fighter Wing History Office writes was deactivated in December 1991, previously operated F-111F Aardvark aircraft, Taunton noted.
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Given they will be flying Lightnings perhaps after their WW2 mounts "The Thunderbolts"

On following the links above I saw a wise man had already had the same idea.

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Old 15th Jan 2021, 09:06
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https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/...-soon-1.658336

New F-35 squadron at Lakenheath to be nicknamed soon

The 48th Fighter Wing is closing in on a nickname for its new squadron of F-35A Lightning II fighter jets.

From 700 different suggestions submitted this fall, a team designated by the wing chose five finalists: Archangels, Sabres, Sentinels, Swordsmen and Valkyries, base officials said this week.

The name will be given to the 495th Fighter Squadron, formerly the 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron, when it’s reactivated later this year.

To help with the final selection, the wing conducted a poll from Dec. 30 to Jan. 6 over RAF Lakenheath’s Facebook page and received more than 4,000 votes, said Capt. Marie Ortiz, a wing spokeswoman.

The decision, expected within 30 days, is now with the squadron and wing leadership, she said in an email Tuesday.
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Given the UK/US shared history with the F-86 the 'Sabres' nickname is probably the best out of the bunch.
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Old 15th Jan 2021, 15:29
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Why not start with their Lightning for starters? Thunders, Thors, Flashes, Rumblers, Movers and Shakers. Or aim at the networking capabilities: Nets, [email protected], Vaders.
How about Lions?
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Old 16th Jan 2021, 10:37
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One small point from a spotter. The report mentions two squadrons of F35's. The thread discusses naming the one new unit.
Presumably this means that one of the existing units gets the '35?

Just asking......
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Old 16th Jan 2021, 10:48
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There are two planned F-35A Sqns (a total of 48 aircraft) which will operate alongside the current 2 F-15E Sqns.

The second F-35A Sqn hasn’t been named - nor its planned stand-up and arrival date, though it will presumably be the 493rd with the badge transferring from the current F-15C/D Sqn as it stands down,
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I'm surprised the political correctness police allowed "Swordsmen" onto the short list.......
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Well the Valkyries were all female...
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https://www.dvidshub.net/news/386958...h-fighter-wing

This appeared today regarding the 48th FW and a recent forward deployment to Leuchars.

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I presume a 'plus-up' means an increase! I hope that term won't become common over here.
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I presume a 'plus-up' means an increase! I hope that term won't become common over here.
No that would be double plus ungood.
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Even worse than the word "uptick" (to represent an increase) which seems to be quite popular in the media at the moment.
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https://www.airforcemag.com/usaf-to-...-as-f-35-unit/

USAF to Reactivate 495th Fighter Squadron as F-35 Unit


The Air Force will reactivate its 495th Fighter Squadron to support the F-35 mission at RAF Lakenheath, U.K., 48th Fighter Wing spokesperson Maj. Sybil V. Taunton confirmed to Air Force Magazine via email Sept. 15.

“Overall we will see a plus-up of roughly 1,200 personnel to operate and support two full squadrons of F-35s,” she wrote, noting that the base’s first Joint Strike Fighters are still slated to reach the base late next year.

The 48th Fighter Wing has held off on a formal public announcement about the squadron’s reactivation because it’s on an ongoing search for a squadron mascot, she said. However, she noted, the wing is open to proposals from the aviation-loving public.

“We were really intending to target our U.K. aviation enthusiast community for ideas, given our location, but we will welcome suggestions from back home in the U.S. as well,” she wrote.

Anyone can submit their ideas via an email to [email protected], or by tweeting the wing @48FighterWing, Taunton wrote.

The 495th Fighter Squadron, which the 48th Fighter Wing History Office writes was deactivated in December 1991, previously operated F-111F Aardvark aircraft, Taunton noted.
There appears to be a continued buggering up of the English language, essentially by people who's livelihood depends on being good at it. Why did the spokesperson say "plus up"? Does she not know how to say increase???? Or expansion even? Commentators are always using expressions such as; grow the business or grow our foot print. Another word that seems to have been forgotten, and a lash up of words put in place, is attendance, especially when talking about the number of shoppers, foot fall is the new term apparently. I suspect there is a craving for more jargon in the media. They need it like an alcoholic needs more alcohol.

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Another entry for my 'Bull***t List'
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 10:04
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There appears to be a continued buggering up of the English language, essentially by people who's livelihood depends on being good at it.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 13:12
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Ah yes, the late great Stanley Unwin, he was good at buggering up the English language rather than being good at speaking the language, though I suspect he was good at speaking plain English. I believe John Cleese was a fan and could speak Unwin's "Unwinese" quite well. Stanley was a Professor as well!

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Old 17th Jan 2021, 15:01
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From 700 different suggestions submitted this fall, a team designated by the wing chose five finalists: Archangels, Sabres, Sentinels, Swordsmen and Valkyries, base officials said this week.
The other 695 suggestions were no doubt variations on the Planey McPlaneface theme.
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Old 17th Jan 2021, 22:15
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I'll go willingly into the withering hail of fire. Language is by its very nature an evolutionary beast. What we speak today already sounds quite different from what we used even 50 years ago. The good news is the basic structure and syntax of language remains (fairly) stable but, quelle surprise, language associated with technology moves at the most rapid pace. Tweet, hashtag, blog, on-line, download etc. are either new words, or are used in a completely different manner to when they were first penned. Those of us current or former military types are the worst offenders. We use acronyms, mnemonics, abbreviations and jargon for two reasons - to summarize what we say and of course, to exclude others not in "the club". As we have discussed ad nauseum on these hallowed pages, the atrocities committed by foreign countries on the English language are the worst. It sounds enticingly similar but then some jarring crime against humanity will occur with a misspelled noun or a casually placed adverb , and off we go declaring war.

I live in a twilight world, where I know it is a Shhh-edule, but in order to communicate quickly and effectively with my colleagues, it becomes a Sk-edule. Don't get me started on Stah-tus and Stay-tus. The point is, I can spend all day establishing my linguistic superiority, or I can adopt a speech pattern that makes the day go much quicker for everyone. So when the good Major Sybil says "plus-up", she can be reasonably sure that the 1.5 million uniformed (as opposed to uninformed) members of the US DOD understand that she means "increase". I'm sure she would be crushed to know that her ability to communicate via the medium of the United States Air Force magazine has not reached all her audience, in fact, she's probably chapped.
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