LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Two Italian pilots completed their initial F-35 Lightning II training flights Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base, marking the first F-35 flights under control of Italian pilots.
ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. — The full hot-life capability of Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine, which is used in the F-35 Lightning II, was successfully demonstrated during accelerated mission testing at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Since it probably won’t be of much use on the ground, F-35 testers at the Pentagon decided to give the jet’s gun a try in the air.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leaders in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office and the Air Force F-35 Integration Office testified on the fifth-generation aircraft’s development before a House Armed Services subcommittee Oct. 21 on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders recently made a decision to restrict pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to safety concerns about the ejection seat in a portion of the flight envelope.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hill and the Top of Utah community officially welcomed the F-35 Lightning II at a ceremony Oct. 14, an event that formally marked the beginning of F-35 operations for the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A U.S. Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighter completed its first aerial refueling from a Royal Australian Air Force tanker here on Sept. 25.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Roughly 1,100 reservists work at Hill Air Force Base, but with the F-35 now firmly implanted, the 419th Fighter Wing is looking to add another couple of hundred.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force’s first operational F-35s arrived here Sept. 2, and 419th Fighter Wing maintenance personnel are already hard at work on the jets, getting hands-on training to become experts in fifth-generation technology.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The arrival of the Air Force’s first two F-35 combat jets in Utah on Sept. 2 marks a new era for fighter aircraft and Hill Air Force Base.