HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hampered by software issues and at one point rumored to be years away from becoming operational, the gun on the F-35A is ready to fire, the Pentagon says.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The hype surrounding Hill Air Force Base and the F-35 has centered mostly around the impending arrival of the first combat-ready jets, a milestone scheduled for Sept. 11.
The head of Air Force Reserve Command discussed the Reserve’s future role in F-35 Lightning II maintenance manning, along with other initiatives on July 7. Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson spoke at the Air Force Association’s monthly breakfast at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
The head of the Air Force’s F-35 Lightning II integration team cited the Air Force Sustainment Center’s overall joint-strike fighter support during a visit to the center headquarters here July 10.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Director, F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, said he is impressed by the work being done in AFSC.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.