Hill AFB closer to $38.4M in F-35 funding

May 14, 2015

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The National Defense Authorization Act, which contains major dollars for Hill Air Force Base, has just two hurdles to pass through before it becomes law and the base becomes $38 million richer.

Luke commander brings home flagship F-35

May 7, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When the 56th Fighter Wing flagship F-35 Lightning II arrived at Luke Air Force Base April 28, it was the base’s 22nd F-35.

1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

April 9, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 56th Fighter Wing flew its 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, making it the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department.

Air Force places 18 A-10s in backup status, Hill Airmen to transition early to F-35

March 12, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory status with the possibility of converting another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015.

F-35s to hit base in waves

February 19, 2015

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Like a kid at Christmas, officials from Hill Air Force Base are counting down the days until the F-35 arrives.

But unlike at Christmas, it will take those officials four years to unwrap all of their gifts.

As the Air Force’s handpicked home for the first operational F-35 wing, Hill is scheduled to receive 72 F-35s — to be divided among three fighter squadrons and flown and maintained by members of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings.

Hill asking for $38M more for F-35 work

February 19, 2015

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — If Congress approves the Air Force’s proposed 2016 budget, Hill Air Force Base will receive more than $38 million for additional construction work, mainly associated with the F-35, next year.

F-35 endures extreme heat, frigid cold during all-weather testing

February 12, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — For the past four months, an F-35 Lightning II has endured extreme weather temperatures to certify the fleet to deploy to any corner of the world.

Flight restrictions on F-35 since June will be lifted

February 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new government report says the flight testing restrictions that have been in place on the F-35 ever since the Air Force version of the jet caught fire in late June, will be lifted this month.

1. Newest fighter jet operations come to Hill AFB

January 2, 2014

Announcement of the first operational F-35 assignment was released Dec. 2. The news that Hill AFB had been selected as the home for the Air Force’s first operational F-35A Lightning IIs was released after a lengthy analysis of multiple locations’ operational considerations, installation attributes and economic and environmental factors.

First Dutch F-35 pilot takes to skies

December 26, 2013

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies Dec. 18, in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole fighter.
Maj. Laurens J.W. Vijge, the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35 Integrated Training Center training lead, completed his first flight after 210 hours of classroom training and 13 flights in the simulators.

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