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

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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

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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.



Construction contracts awarded

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December 26, 2013

Hill Air Force Base is adding flight simulators and ammunition bunkers after being chosen as an F-35 operational base.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has awarded nearly $6 million in contracts. One $4 million contract will renovate and expand a building that houses flight simulators for pilot training. Four F-35 simulators will be added. The construction work was awarded to Ogden’s Creative Times Inc. Another $2 million contract will build earth-covered bunkers for aircraft munitions. That job was won by Zumwalt Construction Inc. of Fresno, Calif.



Reflect, then look forward

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December 26, 2013

This year has been one of many accomplishments and challenges for Hill Air Force Base. The Air Logistics Complex inducted the first F-35 aircraft for depot level maintenance; the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings received confirmation they will fly the first operational F-35 aircraft in the United States Air Force; Sunset Ridge Development Partners will begin construction this month on the next Falcon Hill Enhanced Use-Lease commercial project and the 75th Air Base Wing supported the deployment of hundreds of Airmen to support combatant commanders around the world.

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