Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing developed a new arctic survival kit for the F-35A Lightning II, in November of 2019. Now, 11 months later, the first kits are being installed in Eielson’s F-35A fleet.
Eielson’s F-35As are the first of the Air Force’s fleet to be stationed in an arctic climate, which drove the need for a new survival kit. After months of research, development and testing, the design was sent to the 354th Operations Group commander for approval. In April the kit was given the “green light” and aircrew flight equipment Airmen got busy building them for the approaching winter.